NDLEA Intercepts N4.5b Heroin in Baby Food

*As ex-BRT Driver Excretes 90 Pellets of Cocaine at Lagos Airport

*Seizes 2,453.65kg Khat, Colorado from Middle East, US

*Nabs 68-Year-Old Woman in Rivers Over 231.2kg Cannabis

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted 22 blocks of heroin weighing 23.55kg concealed in packs of Nestle Cerelac baby food at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

The consignment with a street value of over N4.5bn, came from Johannesburg, South Africa, aboard South African Airways flight on Wednesday, June 29, as part of a consolidated cargo that arrived the SAHCO Import Shed of the Lagos airport.

On the heels of series of follow-up operations that led to the arrest of two freight agents, the actual receiver of the drug consignment, Chike Okeke Eweni, who distributes the substance for his South Africa based partner, was arrested the following day, Thursday June 30, at a logistics warehouse in Ajao Estate, Ikeja.

Chike who hails from Anaocha council area of Anambra state, claims during preliminary interview that he is also into fish farming.

Before Chike’s arrest, NDLEA officers at the airport had on Monday, June 27, arrested a former BRT driver, Muyiwa Babalola Bolujoko, for ingesting 90 pellets of cocaine. He was arrested at the screening point before boarding a Qatar Airways flight enroute Doha to Sharjah, with his trip expected to terminate in Dubai, UAE.

The 39-year-old from Ijebu South council area of Ogun state, was placed under excretion observation after body scan result confirmed drug ingestion. While in custody, the suspect excreted all the 90 pellets in four excretions. He claimed he left his N60, 000 per month job as BRT driver in February and decided to work as drug courier to raise funds to buy a shuttle bus popularly called Korope in Lagos to continue his transport business.

On Thursday, June 30, NDLEA operatives also intercepted an inbound consignment of khat leaves, which arrived the NAHCO Import Shed of the Lagos airport on Royal Air Maroc flight from the Middle East. A total of 71 cartons of dried khat leaves, with a gross weight of 2,434.3kg, were discovered in the cargo.

Similarly, anti-narcotic officers of the Agency also last Thursday seized 36 parcels of Colorado, a variant of cannabis with a total weight of 19.30kg, which arrived the NAHCO Import Shed from Los Angeles, US on a Delta Airlines flight.

After series of follow up operations in which four persons were arrested, the actual owner of the drug consignment, Abibu Afis Sola, was eventually nabbed on Friday, July 1, in Gbagada area of Lagos.

Meanwhile, in Rivers state NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, June 29, arrested a 68-year-old woman, Mrs. Celina Ekeke, at Obunku community, Oyigbo council area of the state with 231.2kg cannabis. One Shedrack Eze, was arrested the following day, Thursday, June 30, at Yankarfe, Zaria, Kaduna state, with 250,000 tablets of Exol 5, weighing 75kg.

In Borno state, Usman Haruna, 27, was arrested at BCG checkpoint in Biu on Saturday, July 2, with 19.7kg cannabis.

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