101 parcels of Cocaine in Children duvets intercepted at Lagos airport

101 parcels of Cocaine in Children duvets intercepted at Lagos airport


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA have intercepted a total of 101 parcels of Cocaine concealed smuggled in eight children duvets.

Spokesman of NDLEA, Mr. Babafemi Femi on Sunday in a statement said the illicit drug was intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

He alleged that the items were brought into Nigeria by a 52-year-old Brazilian returnee, Akudirinwa Hilary Uchenna who hails from Oru East Local Government area of Imo State.

The suspected importer was arrested on Saturday 9th April at the D-Arrival hall of the Lagos airport upon his return from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Doha aboard Qatar Airline flight, while the 101 parcels of the class A drug with a gross weight of 13.2 kilogrammes were recovered from his only check-in bag, the statement said.

Babafemi said the suspect, Uchenna who claimed to be a carpenter confessed that he was to be paid N5 million for trafficking the drug after successfully delivering the consignment in Lagos during preliminary interview with the agency.

In a related development, big pellets of skunk concealed in detergent containers have been intercepted at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu.

A 37-year-old South African returnee, Ezekwesili Afamefune
who has from Awka south Local Government Area of Anambra State, was said to have brought in the consignment weighing 730 grams aboard Ethiopian Airline flight from Johannesburg, South Africa via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Elsewhere in Edo State, a 24-year-old drug dealer Christian John was arrested by NDLEA operatives in Egbeta, Ovia North East Local Government Area for selling assorted illicit drugs which include sachets of drugged Milo beverage, cannabis sativa, swinol and tramadol tablets, while in Zamfara state, one Chibuzor Uba, 30, was arrested on Friday 8th April with 1,955 ampules of pentazocine at Kaura Namoda area of Zamfara State.

Similarly, a cross-border drug trafficker, Stanley Chibuzor, 21, was on Friday 8th April arrested by officers of the Marine Unit of NDLEA stationed at Oron beach, Oron, Akwa Ibom state. The suspect who hails from Ihiala, Anambra state was nabbed with 11,190 tablets of Tramadol during the outward clearance of passengers traveling to Cameroon.

Besides, a drug dealer who produces and sells skuchies, Oluwaseun Agboola, 25, was arrested on Thursday 7th April, at his Igoba, Second Gate, Akure residence in Ondo State.

73 bottles of skuchies weighing 77kg stocked in his kitchen were recovered. Skuchies are usually a mixture of Tramadol, Cannabis sativa, Codeine, Black Currant popularly called Zobo and water.

Operatives of agency in Lagos, seizure of 746.25 kilogrammes of cannabis during an early morning raid on Saturday 9th April 2022 in the notorious Akala, Mushin area of the State.

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Responding, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended officers and men of the MMIA, AIIA, Edo, Zamfara, Akwa Ibom, Lagos and Ondo state Commands of the Agency for the arrests and seizures.

He also charged operatives of the agency across the Country to remain focussed and abstain from acts capable of compromising or jeopardising the collective goal of ridding Nigeria of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

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