The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a narcotic trafficker, one Ibeh Kenneth Ejike, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for ingesting 87 wraps of coaine.
A statement signed by the agency’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, on Sunday noted that Ejike, 41-year-old suspect, imports clothes for sale.
The statement added that the suspect who was apprehended on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, upon his arrival on board an Ethiopian Airline Flight 911 from Kigali via Addis Ababa, hails from Owerrizikeala village in Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra State.
“He was taken in for a secondary check during which he tested positive for ingestion of the illicit substances.
“While under observation, he excreted 87 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.884 kilograms,” Babafemi said in the statement.
A Lagos-based Eze Celestine Okorie, was also arrested following the interception of 4.15 kilograms of methamphetamine consignment going to London, the United Kingdom at the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on 13th August.
The statement noted: “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 sting operation led to the arrest of the kingpin behind the consignment, Eze Celestine Okorie, at his Coker, Surulere, Lagos home on Wednesday 25th August 2021.
“He hails from Isu village in Onicha LGA, Ebonyi State.”
The operatives also continued their raids of drug joints across the states last week.
He stated that 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 27th August with 500grams of skunk.
According to Babafemi, one Ugwuanyi Chukwujekwu Basil was arrested at AK Divine Park, Harbour Road, Calabar with 2.6 kg of cannabis; 10.33grams of cocaine and 30ml of swinol.
The operatives of the FCT Command of the agency also intercepted a Hiace bus conveying bag of cannabis, and 30 parcels of skunk, cumulatively weighing 310kilograms along Abaji-Gwagwalada expressway, where another 32 kg of Tramadol was equally seized same day.
“In Anambra State, operatives also raided the Onitsha main market, Marine Line on Thursday 26th August with the support of soldiers. Recovered during the raid include 50kg of cannabis; 150grams of meth and 27.6grams of cocaine. One of the dealers, Moses Obiahu was arrested,” Babafemi said in the statement.
While commending the resilience of the officers and men of the NAIA, MMIA, Anambra, Cross River and FCT Commands of the Agency as shown by their latest arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd) charged them and their colleagues across the country to intensify the ongoing offensive action aimed at cutting off availability and accessibility to illicit drugs in all parts of Nigeria.