Jan 5, 2013 – Fatoke Abiodun, Former King Sunny Ade Guitarist Arrested With Cocaine Drug By NDLEA In Lagos
Mr Fatoke Abiodun, the former guitarist of music legend King Sunny Ade has been arrested by Nigerian anti-drug agency with cocaine drug. NDLEA confirmed this today. naijagists.com
Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, declared that Mr Fatoke Abiodun was caught on January 1st in an attempt to board a flight to Italy via the Lagos International Airport in Ikeja.
NDLEA Commmander, Mr Hamza Umar said:
“We’ve made the first cocaine arrest of 2013. The suspect, a popular guitar player named Fatoke Abiodun was caught with 1.575kg of cocaine. The drug was discovered in the false bottom of his luggage during the screening of passengers to Italy.” said ,
Fatoke Abiodun, a 62-year-old grandfather of many children who married 4 wives is currently in NDLEA detention.
According to NDLEA spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju, the former guitarist blamed his offence on financial hardship
In his confession, Fatoke said:
“I performed with King Sunny Ade for three decades before I was laid off in 2007. I wasn’t ready for such a retirement and that led me to a bitter side of life”
He also claimed this is his first drug trafficking attempt and that he did it out of frustration due to lack of money.
“Because at my age I couldn’t provide for my own family. I’m really embarrassed with my action,” Fatoke further said.
According to NDLEA chairman, Ahmadu Giade, Fatoke’s drug trafficking attempt is very sad and embarrassing.
“It is sad and disappointing for a grandfather to be involved in drug trafficking. This is a bad legacy to his children. This is a good start for the agency in the year and a sign that the days ahead will be tough for drug traffickers. The agency will continue to handle every case in accordance with the NDLEA Act,” Ahmadu Giade said.
62-year-old Mr Fatoke is facing charges of unlawful exportation of narcotics, according to the anti-drug agency.