The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), on Sunday, said its operatives arrested eight persons who attempted to import hundreds of cocaine pellets into Nigeria and export thousands of Tramadol 255mg tablets
Femi Babafemi Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja in a statement, said said two ladies and six men were arrested while trying to fine-tune the export of illicit drugs to Europe through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja, Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu, and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos.
According to him, during preliminary interview, Okechukwu who hails from Enugu Ezike, Igbo Eze North LGA, Enugu State, said he was into selling women’s wigs and hair attachment before veering into the drug trade, adding that he had since completed excreting all the 76 wraps of the drug he swallowed while under observation at the agencys facility in Abuja.
Also, Lawrence Chijioke, 42, was arrested at the Abuja airport same day in an operational synergy between NDLEA and Nigeria Customs Service at the NAIA.
According to him, Chijioke, who hails from Umuahia in Umuahia LGA, Abia State was arrested during an inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa with 529 pellets of cocaine weighing 11.70kg concealed in his bag.
He further said the NDLEA operatives also arrested 29-year-old Ms. Onuorah Caritas Onyinye at the Enugu Airport upon arrival on Ethiopian airline flight from Addis Ababa, adding that after a search of her luggage, 2.192kilograms of cocaine concealed in two designer’s women handbags with false linings.
“No fewer than four freight agents were arrested in connection with the seizure. They include: Balogun Adesola Olamilekan; Sulaimon Kaosarat Yetunde; Benjamin Christopher Joel; and Omoniyi Ibukun Abraham.
“Also same day, Monday 18th July, the bid by an Italy-bound passenger Tony Osas to export 10, 250 tablets of Tramadol 255mg to Europe through the Lagos airport was foiled by NDLEA operatives who intercepted him at gate B departure hall during outward clearance of passengers on a Turkish airline flight to Milan,” the statement said
He said a driver, Jamilu Lawal, was arrested in Kaduna on Sunday 17th July along Abuja-Kaduna express road, with 157,000 tablets of Diazepam weighing 37.5kg, adding that a follow up operation same day led to the arrest of the actual owner of the consignment, Abubakar Isiyaku, in Katsina, as another suspect, Isah Mohammed, was equally arrested same day in Kano during a follow up operation, after the interception of his consignment, 2,500kg rubber solution (solvent) locally called Shalisha in Kaduna.