NDLEA Nabs Trafficked Orpan With Drugs, Pick Up Recruiter


*Intercepts Father of One Enroute Algeria By Road, Excretes 47 Wraps of Cocaine

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have foiled an attempt by a human trafficker, Mathew Bassey, to export illicit drug to Dubai, United Arab Emirate. The drugs, planted in the luggage of an orphan, Ms. Peter Gift Eno, recruited for a phantom job in the Arab nation, intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos.
Bassey, 29, from Oron council area of Akwa Ibom state, was arrested on Wednesday, July 6, following the interception of Eno at the departure hall of the Lagos airport.
When searched, 50 percels of cannabis, weighing 2.80kg and neatly concealed in food items, were recovered from Eno’s luggage.
Further questioned, Eno, whose international passport and her declared aged had age discrepancies, disclosed that the human trafficker who recruited and brought her to the airport, Mathew Bassey, was still lurking around the airport, waiting for her departure. He was promptly tracked and arrested.
Investigations showed that the victim, who hails from the same Oron council area of Akwa Ibom state like Bassey, recently lost her mother which made it easy for Bassey to recruit her with the promise of securing her a job in Dubai, UAE. It was further discovered that the recruiter leveraged on the victim’s naivety and planted drugs in her bag for onward delivery to his contact in Dubai.
In a related development, a desperate bid by a drug trafficker, Aloysius Ajuruchukwu Onyekwe, a.k.a Kelvin, to travel by road to Algeria through Sokoto state, with ingested 47 wraps of cocaine in his stomach, has been frustrated by NDLEA operatives who intercepted him in Ibadan, Oyo state, following intelligence shared by the Department of State Security, DSS.
Onyekwe, 26, who hails from Owerri West council area of Imo state was arrested on Sunday, July 3, at Ojo park Ibadan, where he went to board a vehicle enroute Sokoto to Algeria. He was traveling with an 18-year-old lady, Blessing Nwoke. The father of a 10-month-old child who passed out the 47 pellets of cocaine in five excretions confessed that he began his journey to Algeria from Cele area of Okota, Lagos where he ingested the illicit drug, weighing 1.1kg.
No fewer than 1,900 tablets of Tramadol 225mg were seized from a drug dealer, Mustapha Ijabula, 22, also in Oyo state. Ijabula, who was arrested in a Yola, Adamawa-bound commercial vehicle, stopped for routine search along Lagos-Ibadan expressway. He hails from Mubi area of Adamawa state.
The Marine Unit of the NDLEA arrested a trans-border trafficker, Fonkou Dassi, 31, in Akwa Ibom state on Friday, July 8, with 6,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg weighing 3kg. He was picked up when a commercial boat he boarded was intercepted and searched on his way to Cameroon, upon which the drugs, concealed inside indomie noodles cartoon were recovered.
Similarly, a wanted drug dealer, Uduak Edidiong Samuel, 29, was arrested on Tuesday, July 5, after attending a court proceeding where his wife was undergoing trial for another drug case. The suspect had abandoned a cannabis sativa exhibit weighing 9kg when his house was searched on Tuesday, June 27 and has since been on the run. During his arrest, Uduak was still found in possession of a wrap of skunk.
Another notorious drug dealer, Beauty Dauda, 27, has been arrested in Edo state, with various quantities of Meth, heroin, cannabis and crack cocaine in a densely populated slum along Lagos bypass, Benin City. She was arrested on Wednesday, July 6, after NDLEA operatives were able to break through the ring of protection often provided her by hoodlums and touts in the area.

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