As operatives Intercepts N2.7b cocaine Haul at Abuja Airport
THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has intercepted a 9.30kg haul of cocaine, valued at N2.7bn, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Owner of the consignment, Maduabuchi Chinedu, was arrested by operatives of the agency, attached to the airport, when they found the illicit consignment, concealed in candy wraps and hidden inside his luggage, while conducting a joint inward search of Ethiopian Airlines, flight 911, at the airport on Wednesday 24.
During his preliminary interview, Chinedu, who Hails from Obaha Okigwe village, Okigwe council area of Imo state but lives and works in the West African nation as a miner, claimed he left Nigeria in 2018 to settle in Liberia where he now has a residence permit. He added however, that economic pressure and the need to raise money to treat his mother for an eye problem led him to seek help from a friend in Liberia.
The friend, he said, introduced him to another friend based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who eventually gave him the drug to deliver in Abuja for a N1m fee. According to him, he was initially scheduled to deliver the drug in Ivory Coast but was rerouted to Nigeria at the last minute.