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Former Nigerian Beauty Queen, Aderinoye Queen Christmas, Wanted for Drug Trafficking

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LAGOS, Nigeria – Aderinoye Queen Christmas, a former Miss Commonwealth Nigeria Culture (2015/2016) and the founder of the Queen Christmas Foundation, has been declared wanted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for alleged involvement in drug trafficking.

NDLEA's 'wanted' Aderinoye Queen Christmas over cannabis possession
NDLEA’s ‘wanted’ Aderinoye Queen Christmas over cannabis possession

According to the NDLEA, their personnel raided Ms Queen Christmas’s residence in Oral Estate, Lekki, Lagos, on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

The raid was based on “credible intelligence” suggesting her involvement in the illicit drug trade. However, the ex-beauty queen reportedly fled her home upon the arrival of NDLEA officials.

Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, revealed the details of the raid saying, “During the search of her home, various items were recovered, including 606 grams of Canadian Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis, an electronic weighing scale, large quantities of drug packaging plastics, a black RAV 4 SUV, and her picture frame, among other items.”

The agency’s statement further noted Ms. Christmas’s prior accolade as “Miss Commonwealth Nigeria Culture 2015/2016 and founder of Queen Christmas Foundation.”

The NDLEA’s recent operations have not been limited to Ms. Christmas. The agency has successfully apprehended members of an international drug trafficking syndicate.

A 2019 promotional flier for Queen of Aso Nigeria featuing Queen Christmas
A 2019 promotional flier for Queen of Aso Nigeria featuing Queen Christmas

Among the arrested are Sunday Michael Owoborode, 52, and Valentine Anene in Ogun State, with Valentine allegedly preparing to travel with drugs to Qatar. In Lagos, Sunday Adediran, 50, was arrested with 20kg of cannabis sativa found in his house in Mushin Olosha.

Continuing their extensive operations, the NDLEA made significant arrests in Kano, where Shamwilu Idris, 29, was arrested with 271kg of cannabis, and Abubakar Haruna Salisu, 24, was nabbed with 600 bottles of codeine-based syrup.

The agency has also intercepted a DAF truck belonging to Musa Galadima, recovering 87 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 73kg, along with thousands of tramadol and diazepam tablets. In Plateau State, Aminu Ubanta, 35, was apprehended with 5.355kg of cannabis.

These extensive operations are part of the NDLEA’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) campaign, demonstrating the agency’s commitment to safeguarding communities from the harmful effects of illicit substances.

As the NDLEA continues its pursuit, the search for Ms. Aderinoye Queen Christmas remains ongoing, highlighting the agency’s intensified efforts against drug-related crimes in the region.

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