*As NDLEA Seizes London-Bound Meth Consignments at Lagos Airport, Imo
*Grabs 2 Wanted Drug Kingpins Behind Seized Tincan Port Shipments
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Monday, June 20, nabbed a Brazilian returnee, Igwedum Uche Benson, at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos with pellets of cocaine concealed in his private part.
Igwedum was nabbed at the Lagos airport upon his arrival on an Ethiopian Airlines from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Addis Ababa.
Preliminary investigations reveal the suspect had ingested 50 wraps of cocaine before departing Brazil out of which he excreted 48 pellets in Addis Ababa which he handed them over to another person. However, he later excreted them in the aircraft restroom during the flight from Ethiopia, having claimed that he was unable to excrete same at the Addis Ababa hotel room before boarding his flight to Lagos.
Similarly, anti-narcotics arrested a drug kingpin, Onyekachi Chukwuma Macdonald, Saturday night, June 25, 2022. He is said to be the mastermind behind attempts to export 40 parcels of Methamphetamine, locally referred to as Mkpuru Mmiri, to London, United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Lagos Airport.
Narcotic agents of the MMIA command picked him up after three weeks of intense, painstaking investigation and tracking. He was arrested at Manacola estate, Alakuko area of Lagos, at the weekend, three weeks after his Mkpuru Mmiri consignment, weighing 2.05kg, was intercepted at the airport and his freight agent, Peter Christopher Anikan, arrested on Tuesday, June 7.
The suspect said, during his interview, that he is from Ahiazu, Mbaise council area of Imo state and had lived in Dubai, UAE, for 10 years before returning to Nigeria in 2019. He added that after his return to Nigeria, he opened a phone accessories shop in Sango Otta, Ogun state, but the business collapsed. He then started sending cigarettes to London and decided to conceal the illicit drug in the consignment after advice by a friend.
Closely related is the seizure of another consignment of Mkpuru Mmiri, weighing 2kg, at a courier house in Owerri, Imo state. Seized on Wednesday, June 22, the cargo had ankara and lace fabrics in which two cylindrical cellophanes containing the drug heading to Hong Kong were concealed.
On Friday, June 24, NDLEA operatives at the Lagos airport, also intercepted 500,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg, packed in 10 cartons and labelled Tramaking, imported from Karachi, Pakistan on Emirates Airline. The consignment, weighing 407.60kg, was seized during a joint examination with Customs and NAFDAC officials.
Same day, a Dubai, UAE-bound passenger, Alegbeleye Taiwo, was arrested at the departure hall of the MMIA with 40 ampoules of pentazocine injection. The 21-year-old suspect claims he is from Osun state.
Meanwhile, two kingpins behind the importation of two recent drug consignments from Canada, concealed in vehicle containers through the Tincan seaport in Apapa, Lagos, have been arrested by NDLEA operatives. One of them, Gboyega Ayoola Elegbeji, was arrested at his house, 14 Bakare Street, Idi Araba, Lagos, on Wednesday, June 22, for importing a 40ft container, TRHU7874497, containing 33 parcels of cannabis indica, also known as Colorado, weighing16.5kg.
The second suspect, Sunday Joe Oyebola, aka Otunba, was arrested on Thursday, June 23. He is linked to the importation of a 40ft container, MEDU4389887, containing four vehicles used to conceal 290 parcels of cannabis indica, Colorado, weighing 145kg from Montreal, Canada. He had been on the run since March and had, in the course of the investigation, attempted to bribe officers with N10m to influence the case.