The General Overseer of Christ Living Hope Church, Rev. Ugochukwu Emmanuel Ekwem, was on Sunday, 13th March 2022, arrested by by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA at the airport for drug peddling.
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Statement by the NDLEA reveals that 54 sticks of drugs were found wrapped around his body, which prompted to the arrest of the pastor who was on his way to Nairobi, Kenya, for a crusade.
The popular preacher who has his church headquartered in Isuaniocha, Mgbakwu road, Awka, Awka North LGA, Anambra State, and two other branches in Lagos and Abuja, was arrested on Monday 7th March, during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi via Addis Ababa.
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In a statement by its spokesman, Femi Babafemi, titled, ‘Church General Overseer arrested with drugs at Lagos airport’, the NDLEA said when the drugs were tested, the 54 sticks proved positive to cannabis.
According to the statement, the clergyman confessed during a preliminary interview that he packed that quantity of illicit substance on his body to use during his three weeks crusade in Kenya.