The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA cleaner has arrested for alleged drug trafficking at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja in Lagos State.
Ohiagu Sunday suspected to led a drug syndicate at the international wing of the airport, was arrested by operatives of the anti-narcotic agents on Tuesday 23rd August 2022.
The spokesman of NDLEA, Babafemi Femi on Sunday in a statement, said his arrest followed the arrest of an intending passenger on Airpeace flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirate, UAE, Obinna Jacob Osita who was arrested by security agents with three bags of illicit drugs.
Two of the bags which contained eight blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 4.25kg, were allegedly concealed in cassava product, garri and ‘crayfish bags’.
Another member of the syndicate who works with Ohiagu was also arrested by NDLEA operatives who have lunched manhunt for a fleeing member of the syndicate.
The agency’s investigations revealed that a Dubai-based drug dealer recruited Obinna, a 42-year-old native of Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State to traffic the drugs and equally contracted Ohiagu, a 34-year-old airport cleaner from Orlu West Local Government Area of Imo State to create access for the unhindered passage of the trafficker.
The drug syndicate bust, which is the first drug arrest at the new terminal of the MMIA comes on the heels of the seizure of a consignment of bottles of Viju milk and fearless energy drinks used to conceal skunk on Monday 15th August 2022 for export to Dubai, UAE through the NAHCO export shed where a freight agent had been arrested in connection with the seizure.
In the same vein, attempt by a syndicate to export illicit drugs through the Lagos airport on Wednesday 24th August 2022 was foiled during an outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airline to Oman via Addis Ababa.
A suspect Jonah Chukwuemeka was arrested with a total of 1,995 Tramadol tablets with a gross weight of 900 grams hidden in locust beans in his luggage.
The bag containing the illicit substance was handed over to him at the airport by one Olagunju Abbas who was promptly arrested.
Also, packs of Tramadol 225mg containing 119,500 capsules were Thursday 25th Aug transferred to NDLEA by the Nigeria Customs, cargo wing of MMIA. The consignment had come in through Ethiopian Airline from Pakistan.
Meanwhile, NDLEA has recovered
bags of 615.2kg cannabis and nine vehicles on Sunday at a car shop, Bolak Motors at Ewela bus stop, Oshodi in Lagos State by its operatives.
The NLDEA spokesman said efforts are ongoing to track the car dealer, Alhaji Ismail who is currently at large.
Responding, Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa, commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Kano, Kaduna, Yobe, Bauchi, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Edo, Delta and Lagos Commands for the feats.
He charged them and their compatriots across the Country to sustain the war against drug abuse and trafficking.
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