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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
have arrested an importer of electronics on his way to Hong Kong
for ingesting cocaine.
Another suspect who lives in Athens, Greece was also apprehended in
connection with unlawful possession of wraps of substances that
tested positive for cocaine. The arrests were made at the Murtalla
Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during screening of
passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight to Hong Kong and Egypt
Airline flight to Athens.
Preliminary investigation suggests that the suspects had targeted
the Christmas holiday to smuggle cocaine out of the country but
drug law enforcement officials at the Lagos airport were able to
uncover their plan. The total weight of cocaine seized from the
suspects is 1.150kgs.
According to the NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport Ahmadu
Garba, an importer of electronics by name Achebe Chuks David, 37,
excreted forty-five (45) wraps of cocaine he ingested weighing 935
grammes while Ndukwe Daniel, 43 who lives in Athens excreted five
(5) wraps of cocaine weighing 215 grammes.
"Both suspects tested positive for narcotic ingestion and
while under observation, they expelled wraps of cocaine
which they had wanted to smuggle out of the country. The
suspects are currently under investigation" Ahmadu
stated.The high expectations of both suspects making quick
money this festive season from drug trafficking had been
dashed by vigilant anti-narcotic officers.
Achebe Chuks David said that he was expecting five million from his
cocaine partners. In his words:
"I sell electronics at Alaba market. This is my first time of
dealing in drugs. My friend in Hong Kong introduced me to
cocaine smuggling. He sent the drug to me at Alaba by a
young man. The cocaine was in a black polythene bag
containing plantain and pineapples. I swallowed the 45 wraps
in my toilet without my wife's knowledge. I was promised the
sum of five million naira which I had wanted to use in
importing electronics. At the airport, they told me that
scanning machine has indicated that I have drugs on me. That
was how I was arrested". Achebe hails from Anambra State
and is married with a daughter.
Ndukwe Daniel said that he was asked to smuggle five wraps of
cocaine for the sum of two hundred and fifty thousand naira.
"I have lived in Athens for over a decade. I lost my job last
year and things have been very bad financially. I came to
Nigeria to visit my wife and two children. I had no plan to
smuggle drugs until a friend called me from Athens that I
should bring five wraps of cocaine. Since it is only five wraps
I felt it will be an easy task. He sent someone to give me the
wraps in Umuahia. I inserted the five wraps in my anus in
Lagos but the scanning machine was able to detect it. I feel
very sad" Daniel who hails from Abia stated.
The Chairman/Chief Executive, of the Agency, Col. Muhammad
Mustapha Abdallah (retd) said that those wishing to get rich through
drug trafficking will end up in prison custody.
"This is a warning to drug traffickers that the Agency is
determined to detect all hidden drugs and prosecute
offenders. There are control measures in place to detect
narcotics at all exit and entry points. We shall continue to
improve on our strategies in line with our mission of providing
a safe and healthy society for all" Abdallah stated.