Man suspected to be a drug trafficker and intercepted by mem of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) stationed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, has excreted 113 wraps of cocaine weighed at 1.750 kilogramme with a street value of N423 million.
The Madrid, bound drug pusher identified as Okonkwo Chimezie Henry, was nabbed on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, at about 8pm, while boarding a Turkish Airline flight number TK0626.
Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, who made this disclosure in a statement on Friday, April 9, said the suspect was caught at screening 2 point and taken into custody by the NDLEA operatives at the Lagos airport. He was subsequently put under close observation at the JBTF/NDLEA facility for further investigation.
“Twenty four hours after putting him under excretion observation, the suspect who has been living in Spain for 10 years excreted 39 wraps of cocaine and subsequently passed out a total of 113 wraps in five exretions. Further investigation reveals he ingested the illicit drug in a hotel in Igando area of Lagos.” the statement reads.
Ahmadu Garba, the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, said the suspect excreted 39 wraps weighing 600 grammes at 9.58am on April 5; 13 wraps weighing 200 grammes at 6.30pm same day; 16 wraps weighing 250 grammes at 10.30pm same day; and 32 wraps weighing 500 grammes at 7.30am on April 6.
In the similar development, men at the airport also intercepted a 2.8kg of skunk meant for Dubai in UAE through Emirate Airline. The illicit drug was concealed in crayfish; bitter leaves and melons well packaged in a sack but was recovered at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA.
Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman of NDLEA, in his reaction commended operatives of the MMIA Command of the Agency for not allowing criminal elements take advantage of the Easter holiday to further their illicit trade, and dent Nigerias image abroad.
“We all must stay committed to the ongoing offensive action at the airports, seaports, land borders, on the streets of Nigerian cities and across the various drug joints and even in the forests where some are hiding to cultivate and process cannabis sativa. We must disrupt their illicit trade and dismantle their cartels.” Marwa charged.