The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Monday. arrested a Lebanese man, Chef Charbel Chalouhi, suspected of using and dealing in drugs, Thenation reports.
The suspect was said to have been arrested at No. 18, Wahab Ogunbambo Street, off Simeon Akinlonu Crescent, Victoria Island, following a tip off from worried residents of the area.
Also arrested were his Lebanese girlfriend and Nigerian driver, both suspected of being his accomplices. NDLEA agents allegedly found at least 1kg of cocaine with him.
It was gathered that some Lebanese in the country are currently pressurising the NDLEA to free Chalouhi. Thenation quotes a source as saying: “Since his arrest, different Lebanese and top politicians have been calling the Lagos State Area Command and pressurising the investigating officer to drop the case.
It has also been brought to our knowledge that they are about to release him between tonight and tomorrow morning without prosecuting him for allegedly dealing in and using drugs, which is supposed to be a minimum of 10 years imprisonment.
They refused to investigate his girlfriend. Most importantly, for the security of our Nigerian youths and the prevention of the drug trading Lebanese cartels on the streets of Lekki, Victoria Island and Ikoyi, this case should be used to set an example to foreigners taking over our streets with hard drugs.”