A Nigerian drug baron identified as Obi, reportedly died on Friday in India after the trigger of his gun went off during a scuffle with police personnel in Faridabad, who was on his tail.
Ikechukwu who was said to be an accomplice of the late Nigerian drug baron, was also arrested following the incident that occurred between 2-3 am.
“The crime branch Sector 17 in Gurgaon had been working on a case related to drug supply and was pursuing some leads procured through police sources. Around 2 am, they alerted us about a Nigerian drug supplier travelling to Faridabad in a cab,” Sube Singh, PRO of Faridabad police, said.
Following the new intelligence, the police set up a checkpoint at Modern Vidya Niketan (MVN) in Faridabad and intercepted the vehicle when it came into sight.
“The vehicle was an OLA cab whose driver was a Delhi resident. One of the men in the passenger seat was apprehended immediately, but the other escaped and ran into the bushes, firing at police personnel who tried to chase him down.” the PRO said.
“The police party eventually managed to surround him but, amid the scuffle that ensued while they tried to take him into custody, his own weapon went off and he was injured,” he added.
The Nigerian drug baron with the gunshot injury was rushed to Asian hospital in Faridabad, where he was declared dead. He was living in Faridabad’s Green Field colony on rent, police said.
“One pistol and two live cartridges were seized from the two men, who were also found to be in possession of a brown narcotic substance,” Singh said.
“A case has been registered in this regard at Suraj Kund police station and an investigation is underway,” he added.
This is coming after the Bangalore unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested a 41-year-old Nigerian national, who is believed to be the head of the supply chain of illegal drugs in India.