Four freight agents arrested for drug trafficking at Lagos airport

Four freight agents arrested for drug trafficking at Lagos airport


Four freight agents during an attempt by drug traffickers to export different illicit drugs through the NAHCO export shed at the Lagos International airport to Europe and United Arab Emirate.

A freight agent, is a person or company that organizes shipments for individuals or corporations to get goods from the manufacturer or producer to a market, customer or final point of distribution.

The National Drug Law Enforcement. Agency spokesman, Babafemi Femi said on Sunday in a statement that the quartet was arrested by operatives on Monday 18th July.

He revealed that the suspects, Balogun Adesola Olamilekan; Sulaimon Kaosarat Yetunde; Benjamin Christopher Joel; and Omoniyi Ibukun Abraham were arrested some illicit substances allegedly concealed in a consolidated cargo going to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, UAE.

The agency, said, aside the 24 parcels of Loud, a variant of cannabis, which is largely grown in the United States and Canada, other substances were also recovered from the cargo include a precursor for methamphetamine, BMK glycidic acid; tablets of designer drug MDMA and additional five parcels of Cannabis.

In Kaduna, a driver of the vehicle identified as Jamilu Lawal, was arrested by NDLEA agents on Sunday 17th July o Abuja-Kaduna express road, with 157,000 tablets of Diazepam weighing 37.5kg.

A follow up operation same day led to the arrest of the actual owner of the consignment, Abubakar Isiyaku, in Katsina. Another suspect, Isah Mohammed, was equally arrested same day in Kano during a follow up operation, after the interception of his consignment, 2,500kg rubber solution (solvent) locally called Shalisha in Kaduna.

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Similarly, two ladies and six men have been arrested by operatives of the NDLEA, over attempts to import hundreds of cocaine pellets into Nigeria and export Thousands of Tramadol 255mg tablets including other illicit drugs to Europe through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja; Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu, and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos.

The streaks of arrests and seizures, according to NDLEA, began on Sunday 17th July when a 52-year-old father of three, Okwo Paul Okechukwu, was arrested upon his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia via an Ethiopian airline flight at the Abuja airport for ingesting 76 pellets of cocaine.

During preliminary interview, Okechukwu who hails from Enugu Ezike, Igbo Eze LGA, Enugu state, said he was into selling womens wigs and hair attachment before veering into the drug trade.

The suspect has also excreted all the 76 wraps of the drug he swallowed while under observation at the Agencys facility in Abuja.

In the same vein, another father of three, Lawrence Chijioke, 42, was arrested at the Abuja airport same day in an operational synergy between NDLEA and Nigeria Customs Service at the NAIA. Chijioke, who hails from Umuahia in Umuahia LGA, Abia state was arrested during an inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa with 529 pellets of cocaine weighing 11.70kg concealed in his bag.

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In his statement to anti-narcotic officers, he claimed he was promised N2 million, which he planned to use to boost his business, upon successful delivery of the cocaine consignment in Abuja.

29-year-old Ms. Onuorah Caritas Onyinye at the Enugu airport upon arrival on Ethiopian airline flight from Addis Ababa has been arrested by operatives of the agency on Saturday 23rd July.

A search of her luggage led to the discovery of 2.192kilograms of cocaine concealed in two designers women handbags with false linings according to the agency.

Elsewhere in Abuja, four persons were arrested by NDLEA over 345.4kg cannabis seizures in the FCT. While Mohammed Auwal, 37; Godspower John, 34, and Chukwuma Odeh, 35, were arrested in Jabi Park over a 77.7kg drug consignment on Monday 18th July, Isah Yusuf, 25, who hails from Kaura Namoda LGA, Zamfara State, was nabbed with 267.7kg cannabis when operatives raided DeiDei area of the FCT on Saturday 23rd July.

In Sokoto, operatives on stop and search operation on Gusau-Sokoto road arrested one Tochukwu Joseph Oranusi with 20,100 tabs of Rohypnol inside a commercial bus coming from Onitsha, Anambra state. Bottles of Codeine Syrup weighing 15.2 litres and 400grams of Rohypnol tabs whose owner, Buhari Sambo was later arrested, were also recovered from the vehicle.

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In Anambra, a suspect Azubuike Ogbanu was arrested with 76 cups of Arizona, 172 sachets of skunk, 82 pinches of methamphetamine, 20 sachets of Loud, and 10 wraps of Colorado when his base, Loren hostel, Ifite, Awka, was raided by operatives on Thursday 21st July.

The Chairman and Executive officer of NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa, commended his officers and men across the Country in the pursuit and urged them to remain steadfast in pursuit of the Agency’s goal of ridding all parts of Nigeria of illicit substances.

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