The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has explained why popular Instagram comedy maker, De General, was arrested.
A video released by De General on social media reportedly showed five men wearing the NDLEA attire in his home. They ultimately restrained the comedian who refused to stop making a videotape record of the presence of the officers.
One of the officers in the videotape reportedly smashed the phone while another was talking to him. The comedy maker plodded with the officers while they were trying to arrest him.
The agency has now given an update on the case.
See statement released by the agency below;
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in the early hours of today, Wednesday 12th January arrested a skit maker, Sunday Joshua, popularly known on social media as De-General, following the raid of a notorious drug joint at Orchid Estate, Lekki area of Lagos state.
Acting on credible intelligence, narcotic officers stormed the drug joint in the estate, where three suspects were arrested with illicit drugs including 200 sachets of 225mg Tramadol and 1.5kilograms of cannabis sativa. In the course of the operation, some persons including the suspected dealer ran away with bags suspected to contain exhibits.
A trail showed they ran into a house located at 2B Saula Akinlolu way, Orchid estate, which is the residence of 22-year-old Sunday Joshua (aka De General). The young men started to make noise to prevent a search. The operatives introduced themselves as officers of NDLEA and submitted themselves for search before entry. This was done and a search was conducted.
The search led to the recovery of drug exhibits including cannabis sativa; Tramadol 225mg, and some paraphernalia for drug use. This was after the suspect had requested to record on video the search, which the officers out of sense of civility allowed. The video trending on social media was the moment the suspect and his friends decided to disrupt the bid to conduct a search of the house.
In his confessional statement in custody, the suspect admitted ownership of the drugs recovered from his house.
Director, Media & Advocacy
NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja
Wednesday 12th January 2022