A 60-year-old fish-farmer, Muyiwa Otuyalo, has been arrested for attempting to smuggle a substance believed to be hard drug for his son, Damilola Otuyalo, who is currently in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
According to the report, Otuyalo was at the Ibadan zonal office of the commission on Monday, to see his son being held there.
However, during the course of his visit, an officer saw him give a sachet of tablets to his son. The officer was said to have raised alarm which led to the confiscation of the drug.
Upon assessment by an in-house nurse, the substance was found to be Rohypnol, a tranquillizer used under strict prescription for treatment of severe insomnia and assist in anaesthesia.
The drug is said to possess high sedative effect and is rarely used except when prescribed by licensed medical officers.
The man’s son is said to be in custody of the anti-graft agency after a criminal case of money laundering detected in the United Kingdom and reported against him. The case which involved £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.
The EFCC is said to be finalising arrangement to hand him over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), for possible prosecution of the suspected narcotic case.