Drug suspect named 'Thank God' wants probe

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 15 2014 04:32 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2014 06:12 AM

MANILA - Nigerian national Thank God Ekenedilichukwu asked for a full-blown preliminary investigation into drug charges filed against him by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in connection with his alleged possession of P400,000 worth of high-grade shabu on Tuesday.

Thank God, an alleged member of the West African Drug Syndicate (WADS), was arrested Tuesday dawn in Pamplona, Las Pinas City by agents from the NBI Anti-organized Crime and Transnational Crimes Division.

He was arrested through interdiction, where a trained dog was used by the agents to locate his alleged drug package of at least 137 grams of shabu safely tucked inside a bag in his car.

Thank God attempted to maneuver his car to escape the operatives, but he was eventually cornered and brought to the NBI detention facility at the bureau's headquarters in Manila.

He was brought to the Department of Justice on Wednesday to undergo inquest proceedings before Assistant State Prosecutors Juan Pedro Navera and Irwin Maraya, and Prosecution Atty. Anna Devanadera.

Thank God waived his right to be released from detention and requested for a full-blown preliminary probe by the DOJ.

This is not the first time for an alleged WADS member to fall in the hands of Filipino law enforcers.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the country's lead anti-drug agency, had revealed that most of the syndicate's financiers are from Nigeria, and that the group veils its operations through illegal recruitment or by marrying drug mules.

The first preliminary investigation hearing on the case against Thank God is set on Jan. 21 where he is expected to submit his counter-affidavit.