A 60-year-old fish farmer, Muyiwa Otuyalo, is now in the net of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for attempting to smuggle suspected hard drug for his son, Damilola Otuyalo, who is currently in EFCC custody, Ibadan zonal office.
The father was said to be at the premises of the EFCC in Ibadan Monday to visit his son, identified as Damilola Otuyalo, when he was arrested.
It was learnt that trouble started when the father was discussing with the son and an EFCC officer noticed that the father brought out a sachet of tablets and handed same to the son.
At this juncture, the EFCC officer raised alarm which led to the confiscation of the drug and the arrest of the father.
Upon the confiscation of the drug, the commission’s in-house nurse was called upon for assessment of the content, and it was revealed that the said item was Rohypnol, a tranquiliser used under strict prescription for treatment of severe insomnia and assist in anesthesia.
The drug is said to possess high sedative effect and is rarely used except when prescribed by licensed medical officers.
Damilola was recently arrested by EFCC after a criminal case of money laundering detected in the United Kingdom was reported against him, with the case involving £45,000 was a fragment of a wider one involving about £500,000 for which he has been declared wanted by the London’s Metropolitan Police.
He has been on the wanted list of the International Police, Interpol, before the petition was filed at the EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.
Officers of the Nigerian Interpol were already in contact with the commission in respect of the said case before the suspect’s father attempted to smuggle in the hard drug for him.
EFCC sources said further investigations are ongoing, even as the commission intends to hand him over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for possible prosecution of the suspected narcotic case.