Ibeh Ejike: From Kigali With Cocaine


On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, Ibeh Ejike flew into Nigeria from Adis Ababa, aboard Ethiopian Airline, probably elated that he was back home safe, again. However, with his arrival on the wings of flight 911, a number that mimics one of America’s doom day events, the 41 year-old trader, who imports clothes, arguably a front for his other engagements, had enough reasons to experience butterflies buzzing all over his stomach. In the main, his imagination ran riot, imagining what his passage through immigration check might unfold.
Alas, his worries were not unfounded after all as operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, approached and beamed their inquisitive searchlight at him.
As it turned out, his clothes importation tag was more of a fuse for his other more lucrative business. On a routine check, Eagle-eye NDLEA operatives found the Owerrizikeala, Orumba local government area, Anambra state-born 41 year-old man, fully loaded with 87 ingested wraps of cocaine weighing 1.884 kg.
The disclosure was made on Sunday by the spokesperson, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, while briefing newsmen. According to him, Ejike was taken in for secondary check during which he tested positive to ingestion of illicit substance which he subsequently pooed out.
“While under observation, he excreted 87 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.884 kilograms. Ibeh, who imports clothes for sale, hails from Owerrizikeala village in Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra State,” Babafemi said.
Babafemi pointed out that Ejike was not the only drug baron his agency has nabbed within the same period. According to him, NDLEA agents picked up another dealer, Eze Okorie, Lagos-based, with a 4.15kg of Methamphetamine consignment on his way to London, UK.
Okorie was nabbed on August 13 during another routine checks at the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company, NAHCO, Export Shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja.
Babafemi explained that the illicit drug was artfully concealed in ‘Sunrise’ brand of tins tomato by the Isu, Onicha LGA, Ebonyi state-born Okorie who sent the consignment to the airport’s export shed via a driver of one freight forwarding company, onward the UK.
The driver, who was picked up immediately, revealed on interrogation, details of ownership after which Okorie was arrested during a sting operation at his Surulere, Lagos home.
“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.
Okorie was arrested at his Coker, Surulere, Lagos, home on Wednesday, Aug. 25. He hails from Isu village in Onicha LGA, Ebonyi state,” said Babafemi.
Babafemi disclosed that NDLEA’s ongoing raid of drug joints across the states is also yielding incredible result. According to him, one Anietie Attauba was arrested at Idundu community, Cross River state with 9.9 grams of cocaine.
In the same vein, the agency operatives picked up one Joy Odey, a 23-year-old, in Nassarawa Bakoko Area of Calabar Municipality LGA on Friday, Aug. 27 with 500grams of skunk just they did one Ugwuanyi Basil at the AK Divine Park, Harbour Road, Calabar, with 2.6kg of cannabis, 10.33grams of cocaine and 30ml of swinol.
“On the same day, one Ugwuanyi Basil was arrested at AK Divine Park, Harbour Road, Calabar with 2.6kg of cannabis; 10.33grams of cocaine and 30ml of swinol,” Babafemi said.
The raid in FCT also yielded results as the agency’s operatives intercepted a Hiace bus conveying bags of cannabis, and 30 parcels of skunk, along Abaji-Gwagwalada expressway, cumulatively weighing 310 kg. A consignment of Tramadol, weighing 32kg was also seized on the same day.
On Thursday, August 26, NDLEA operatives, acting in conjunction with soldiers, stormed the Onitsha Main Market, Marine Line, where they impounded 50 bags of Cannabis, 150 grams of Meth and 27.6grams of cocaine alongside one of the dealers, Moses Obiahu.
“In Anambra State, operatives also raided the Onitsha main market, Marine Line on Thursday, Aug 26, with the support of soldiers. Recovered during the raid were: 50kg of cannabis; 150grams of meth and 27.6grams of cocaine. One of the dealers, Moses Obiahu was arrested,” Babafemi revealed.

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