NDLEA apprehends drug kingpin at Abuja airport for ingesting 87 wraps of cocaine

The operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a narco-trafficker at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for ingesting 87 wraps of cocaine.

According to the spokesman of the drug agency, Femi Babafemi, he revealed that the 41-year-old suspect was arrested on Wednesday, upon his arrival on board an Ethiopian Airline flight 911 from Kigali via Addis Ababa was taken in for secondary check during which he tested positive to ingestion of illicit substance.

Femi made this known via a statement that was released on Sunday, it was revealed   that the suspect excreted 87 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.884 kilograms. Ibeh who imports cloths for sale hails from Owerrizikeala village in Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra State.

In the same vein, another drug kingpin was nabbed in Lagos, Eze Celestine Okorie was  arrested after the interception of 4.15kilograms of methamphetamine consignment going to London, the United Kingdom at the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on August 13.

According to sources, the drug was concealed in tins of tomato branded ‘sunripe’ and packaged for the driver of a freight forwarding company to deliver at the airport export shed for onward movement to the UK.

Though the freight company’s driver was initially arrested, follow up investigations and subsequent string operation led to the arrest of the kingpin behind the consignment, Eze Celestine Okorie, at his his Coker, Surulere, Lagos home on 25th August, 2021.

NDLEA has reassured vowed to root out drug peddlers from their hideouts, the agency disclosed that raids of drug joints will continue across the states. In Cross River state, one Anietie Attauba was arrested at Idundu community with 9.9 grams of cocaine, while 23-year-old Joy Odey was picked at Nassarawa Bakoko Area of Calabar Municipality LGA on Friday with 500grams of skunk.

On the same day, one Ugwuanyi Chukwujekwu Basil was arrested at AK Divine Park, Harbour Road, Calabar with 2.6kg of cannabis; 10.33grams of cocaine and 30ml of swinol.

In Abuja, operatives of the FCT Command of the Agency also intercepted a Hiace bus conveying bags of cannabis, and 30 parcels of skunk, cumulatively weighing 310kilograms along Abaji-Gwagwalada expressway, where another 32kg of Tramadol was equally seized same day.

In Anambra State, operatives also raided the Onitsha main market, Marine line on Thursday, with the support of soldiers and recovered during the raid include: 50kg of cannabis; 150grams of meth and 27.6grams of cocaine.

One of the dealers, Moses Obiahu was arrested.