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Drug lord taxi driver flips when we expose his life as unlicensed cabbie

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Yemi Moshood Olantunde
Yemi Moshood Olantunde

MEET THE convicted Nigerian cocaine trafficker who is flouting the law by driving a taxi round Dublin without a PSV licence.

Efforts to deport Yemi Moshood Olatunde from Ireland to Italy, where he faces a 22-year sentence for cocaine trafficking, failed last September.

Now Olatunde (49), is giving the finger to authorities here by brazenly driving a taxi around the city even though his PSV licence was revoked in 2012.

Yemi Moshood Olatunde

And, because he is not the holder of a PSV licence, the Sunday World understands this means that passengers in his taxi are effectively uninsured.

An angry Olatunde vented his fury after spotting us monitoring his movements in his 07-registered taxi on Thursday by flying into a foul-mouthed tirade at our reporters.

“F**k your mothers, f**k your mothers, f**k your mothers, f**k all you bastards,” he ranted out the side window of his taxi, while giving us the finger, after pulling up alongside our team’s vehicle in Tallaght.

Yemi Moshood Olatunde

Olatunde – aka Yemmy Roy Andrew Aro – fled Italy in 2000 after Italian authorities identified him as the leader of an international cocaine smuggling conspiracy that saw vast quantities of the drug being imported into Perugia from Africa.

Born in Lagos on April 4, 1967, he was declared a fugitive by the Italian judicial authorities
after he went on the run.

In his absence he was subsequently sentenced to serve a total of 22 years in prison for his role in international drug trafficking.

Reports obtained from Italy say the sentence reflected the fact he was not simply trafficking cocaine, but had also “established, set up, promoted and organised” the ring.

Operation Turnover – the probe into the ring that Italian authorities alleged Olatunde was running – resulted in the seizure of 10 kilos of cocaine and a total of 38 arrest warrants being issued, including one for Olatunde’s wife Aisha Ahmed (51).

Yemi Moshood Olatunde

She also fled Italy prior to going on trial – she was sentenced to 20 years in her absence – and joined her fugitive husband.

In 2006 after fleeing Italy the pair settled in Tallaght, Dublin, during which time Olatunde set up a number of legitimate business ventures.

These include an Afro Caribbean Supermarket in 2003, Climax Cabs in 2009 and Arotec-Engineering and Construction in 2013.

Aisha Ahmed

No accounts have been filed for any of the businesses since they were first registered.

Olatunde and Aisha (both pictured left) – who changed her name to Gloria Anwulika – lived far beneath the radar of authorities in Italy and Ireland until 2014, when he was picked up by Garda officers from the force’s extradition unit.

Initially Olatunde maintained he had been arrested in a case of mistaken identity when Gardaí detained him.

However, the High Court ruled that fingerprint evidence showed he was the man being sought by Italian authorities.

During the period in which he had been hiding out in Ireland the court heard the respondent had “significant interactions” with the Gardaí.

He had been fingerprinted more than once.

The respondent was adamant he was not Olatunde and had a driving licence and PSV licence under the name of Roy Yemmy Andrew Aro.

After the court satisfied itself that Aro was indeed Olatunde, extradition proceedings were opened against him.

Aisha Ahmed

However, an application to extradite him back to Italy was refused in the High Court in July of last year.

A subsequent appeal was struck out last September, meaning Olatunde was free to continue with his life in this country.

A source confirmed to the Sunday World this week that Yemi Moshood Olatunde is not, however, free to drive a taxi in the city.

“His licence was revoked when the extradition proceedings commenced and it was not reinstated,” the source told us.

“He is driving a taxi without the necessary qualifications.”

Under National Transport Authority regulations any driver who operates a taxi without a valid driver or vehicle licence may be fined up to €5,000 if convicted.