How a Nigerian Drug baron made way back to Kenya a year after being deported

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has over the recent past proved to be a no nonsense government official. But are some foreigners daring him? Or is it what they call daring abroad? Well, a suspected Nigerian drug lord who was deported from Kenya last year was this week arrested in Nairobi and quietly deported after making a mysterious return.

It is not clear how Mr Kelvin Adeshina Akinjiola, 33, returned to the country. According to the Sunday Nation,  the suspected drug baron was deported and arrested upon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.

Kelvin Adeshina Akinjiola

Orders to deport Mr Akinjiola were first issued on July 10, 2018, with Interior Cabinet Security Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i saying that the suspected criminal was at the time in police custody “while arrangements for his removal are being undertaken”.

“He should remain in prison custody while arrangements for removal are being undertaken and this order is sufficient warrant to keep the said Mr Akinjiola in custody,” read a statement signed by the CS.

The same order was used to get him out of the country for the second time in a less than one year after being detained at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

“He was deported on Saturday and arrested upon arrival in Lagos, Nigeria,” Mr Alexandar Muteshi the Director of Immigration services was quoted by the Sunday Nation.

However, security sources said that Mr Akinjiola was spotted at JKIA as late as Tuesday. The persistent illegal immigrant was arrested after Kenyan officials informed their Nigerian counterparts that he was engaged in drug trafficking.

Sources said a former powerful police boss unsuccessfully pressured officials to release Mr Akinjiola. It is not known how long the Nigerian was in the country upon his return before he was arrested and deported again.

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