Ademola Afolabi Kazeem Declared Wanted By NDLEA
The suspect was declared wanted following his failure to honor invitations and an order granted to the NDLEA by a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, October 17, 2022.
The NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, said Kazeem was fingered after the arrest of some drug traffickers attempting to export cocaine to the United Arab Emirates and other destinations outside Nigeria.
Babafemi said Ademola went underground after one of his boys was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
He said the NDLEA sealed seven properties of the wanted suspect — six in Lagos and one in Oyo State — and blocked his bank account with a balance of N217 million.
The statement partly read, “The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has declared wanted Lagos socialite and owner of Adekaz Hotels, Alhaji Ademola Afolabi Kazeem (a.k.a Alhaji Abdallah Kazeem Muhammed) over offences bordering on exportation and trafficking of illicit drugs as well as money laundering.
“The decision to declare the suspect wanted followed his failure to honour NDLEA invitations and an order granted the Agency by a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday 17th October 2022.
“The wanted drug kingpin was uncovered as the sponsor of some traffickers arrested by the anti-narcotics agency in their recent attempt to export cocaine to Dubai, UAE and other destinations outside Nigeria.
“Soon after the arrest of one of his mules, Bolujoko Muyiwa Babalola, a Lagos BRT driver, on 27th June at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Alhaji Ademola Kazeem who is also the Chairman of Adekaz Global Integrated Services, went underground.
“Following his failure to honour invitations sent to him, the Agency approached a Federal High Court in Lagos with three prayers: to attach and seal his identified properties in Lagos and Ibadan; declare him wanted and block his bank account with a cash balance of Two Hundred and Seventeen Million Naira (N217,000,000.00), all of which were granted.
“As a result, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 26th October 2022 sealed six of the identified properties located on Lagos Island.
“They include: 105 Tokunbo street off Broad street, Lagos Island; 1 Abibu Oki street off Marina, Lagos Island; 3 Abibu Oki street off Marina, Lagos Island; 54 Palm Church street, Lagos Island; 26 Agarawu street, Lagos Island; and 41 Foresythe street, Lagos Island. The other one is located at 1 Irepodun zone, Adepoju bus stop, Ajoda Ayedun, Ibadan, Oyo state.”
This comes two months after the police declared the founder of FarmKonnect Agribusiness Nigeria Limited, Oluwole Azeez Saheed, wanted for investment fraud worth over N50 million.