A few days back on Thursday 9th May’19, the NCB team conducted the country’s biggest drug bust in Greater Noida. They made their way to this drug raid after the interrogation with a South African Woman.
Nomsa Lutalo, the South African Woman, was carrying 24.7 kg pseudoephedrine (a type of drugs) in her bag. She was travelling to Johannesburg via Dubai to deliver the drugs. On Indira Gandhi International Airport, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials found her suspicious and checked her bag properly. Once the drug was found in her bag, the CISF questioned her and handed over to NCB team Delhi.
Following the tip-off about a house in Sector P4 of Greater Noida, NCB raided and found two Nigerian citizens, Henry Ideofor (35 yr old man) & Chimando Okora (30 yr old woman) along with 1818 kg of pseudoephedrine & 1.9 kg cocaine inside canisters and boxes in the house. NCB arrested accused Nigerian Nationals and took all illegal items in custody. The approximate value of drugs is more than Rs.1000 Crore according to NCB.
Many Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances are prepared using pseudoephedrine. Such a large quantity of chemical pseudoephedrine can only be used legally in factories for manufacturing medicines.
During the interrogation, Nigerians accepted that they had bought the chemical from distinct illegitimate sources for preparing drugs inside the house. They also claimed that they had supplied drugs to various areas of Delhi-NCR.
What the Owner of House, IPS Pandey is Saying?
The house in Greater Noida in which they were living belongs to an Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer, DPN Pandey, posted in the Ballia city of Uttar Pradesh in Economic Offences Wing. IPS Pandey was utterly shocked after knowing about the illegal activities going on in his house. He claims that he had rented his house to these Nigerians through a property dealer and had no idea about such happenings. IPS Pandey bought the house in 2000 with a plan of living there post-retirement. He visits the house only once or twice in a year.
Noida Police SSP Vaibhav Krishna told that those foreigners were living in the house on rent without verification done by Local Intelligence Unit.
But the DPN Pandey says that there is a rent agreement between him and the tenants, which clearly states that if the tenant conducts any illegal activity in the house, the owner has no responsibility for this.
Be Alert – Be Aware
This is not the first time when Nigerians are caught indulging in criminal activities in Delhi – NCR. Since a long time, these Nigerians are under the suspicion of Delhiites. Most of them live in Nawada near Uttam Nagar and nobody knows what job they are doing for livelihood. A strange but true fact is that You have never seen any Nigerian working in any workplace. Then how they survive here, how they earn money is a big question of all the time.
This is the responsibility of the Police to question all those suspicious foreigners. And if someone has found guilty then take necessary action against them. Also, all the house owners and property dealers of Delhi-NCR don’t rent your property without checking police verification papers of tenants.