NDLEA’s Quick Fire Multiple Drug Bursts


Operatives of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, made stunning multiple interception of illicit drugs, including heroin, cocain and cannabis weighing 37.3kilograms in just over one week. They were allegedly seized on 5 different locations across the country, with seven couriers held in custody.
NDLEA Director of media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, made the disclosure in a press statement issued on Friday. According to him, NDLEA operatives nabbed the couriers as they attempted to either import or export the drugs to the United Kingdom and Italy.
Babafemi disclosed that NDLEA operatives made the first burst on Sunday, May 25, when one Agudozie Peter Ihie came into the country on Qatar Airline from Kenya. Ihie, who was nabbed on arrival at the E-arrival hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, with 76 pellets of cocain totaling 1.150 kg, had 36 pellets tucked away in his pant but later excreted 40 more while under observation. While being interrogated, Ihie admitted to swallowing explained that he swallowed the drugs in Nairobi but became pressed while on transit in Doha adding that he had to use the convenience during which he excrete some wraps on board the aircraft en route Lagos.
“At the point of arrest, he was found in possession of 36 pellets of cocaine concealed in his pants. While being observed however, he excreted 40 more pellets,” Babafemi disclosed.
Babafemi added that barely two hours after Ihie’s arrest, NDLEA operatives at the SAHCO shed of the same airport also intercepted another haul. This time, it was a 4.2kg of heroin bound for Italy. Two freight forwarders were picked up in connection with the seizure.
“During the preliminary interview, one of the suspects stated that the consignment belongs to one of his customers based in Italy and that it was sent to him from Benin, Edo state through a transport company.”
A day after the double seizures, NDLEA agents stumbled on a hefty 600 grams cocaine heist while conducting an inward check on Qatar Airline passengers from Doha. The operatives nabbed one Nnakaihe Ikechukwu, alias, Peprah Livinus. The drug is said to have been cleverly tucked inside Ankara dress buttons.
“The suspect who hails from Imo State, however, fraudulently obtained a Ghanaian passport using Peprah Livinus as his name. He is suspected to be a member of some of the illicit drug trafficking groups with multiple passports bearing different names in order to evade detection by security agencies.”
On the same date, NDLEA agents at the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, seized 30.150kg of cannabis reportedly heading to Manchester, United Kingdom, enroute British Airways. They arrested one Chika Anyanwu, a cargo bag stitcher in connection with the drug which was neatly concealed inside 30 pieces of palm nut cream (Banga Soup) tins. The courier reportedly confessed to being contracted by one of his Manchester-based customers for one million Naira out of which N700, 000 has been paid, to deliver the drug.
On Thursday, June 3, NDLEA agents intercepted a 1.2kg of heroin concealed inside 11 Indomie noodle packs, bound for Malaysia via Ethiopian Airlines. A freight agent and the drug owner’s errand boy were arrested in connection with the seizure.
While commending the commander, Ahmadu Garba, officers and men of the airport Command for their tenacity and commitment to the mandate of ridding the nation of illicit drugs, NDLEA chairman, rtd Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa, charged them to remain steadfast and unrelenting commitment to duty. He urged them to be on the lookout for more ingenious ways concealing illicit drugs

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