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Vol 39 No 7

Published 3rd April 1998


Nigeria

Not Alaafin matter

The detention at London's Gatwick airport on 24 March of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and his family after it was claimed that drugs valued at £1.5 million (US$2.55mn.) were found in their luggage has created a political storm in Nigeria. The Alaafin, his wife and daughter were released after questioning by British Customs officials. But his son, Prince Lukuman Oladejo Adeyemi, was charged with drug trafficking and appeared at Horsham Magistrates Court, Sussex on 25 March. Four items of hand luggage were said to contain 12.8 kilograms of cocaine and 36 kg of marijuana. The case continues.

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