National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has apprehended a drug trafficker, Okey Eze, with 350 wraps of cocaine worth over N2.3 billion at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja .
NDLEA’s Spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the 38-year-old Eze, who claimed to be a tiler by profession, is an indigene of Orji River, in Oji-River Local Government area of Enugu State.
Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 22 during an inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian airline flight number 911 enroute Bamako-Addis Ababa- Abuja.
The statement added that the illicit drug weighing 7.70kilograms was concealed in eight packs tucked in different parts of his luggage.
Also it was revealed that the trafficker, a resident of Bamako, Mali, in his confessional statement informed operatives that he traveled to Mali through Seme border in Badagry, Lagos State, in 2019.
“He further claimed that he came into Nigeria with the drug because he needed to raise money to take care of his late elder brothers’ four children.
“The suspect also claimed he asked his friend who is resident in Brazil to assist him with some money but the friend declined and instead told him to pick up a bag with the drugs from a friend of his in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“He said that it was for a fee of N500, 000 on successful delivery to someone whose contact would be sent to him on arrival in Nigeria.
“He also said the bag containing the drugs was given to him on Wednesday morning at Addis Ababa airport,’’ Babafemi said.
The spokesman quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa commended the Commander, officers and men of the NDLEA command for their vigilance.
Also Marwa vowed that the new NDLEA under his leadership would continue to deal decisive blows on the various cartels trying to turn Nigeria into a hub of illicit drugs.