The General Overseer of Christ Living Hope Church, Rev. Ugochukwu Emmanuel Ekwem, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with 54 sticks of drugs wrapped around his body.
The pastor was nabbed on Monday, March 7, 2022, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State, while on his way to a three-week crusade in Nairobi, Kenya.
Confirming the arrest in a statement on Sunday, March 13, NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi said, “Ugochukwu who has his church headquarters in Isuaniocha, Mgbakwu road, Awka area of Anambra state and two other branches in Lagos and Abuja, was arrested during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi via Addis Ababa.
When tested, the 54 sticks proved positive to cannabis. The clergyman confessed during preliminary interview that he packed that quantity of illicit substance on his body to use during his three weeks crusade in Kenya.”