Ex-footballer, Brazilian returnee arrested for alleged drug trafficking

Ex-footballer, Brazilian returnee arrested for alleged drug trafficking


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested an ex-footballer, Okafor Emmanuel Junior with 1.40kg crack cocaine concealed in his bags.

The suspect was intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on his arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on board an Ethiopian airlines flight.

The 33-year-old man claimed to be indigene of Arochukwu Local Government, Abia State, according to the spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, was arrested on Monday 26th September 2022.

Babafemi in a statement on Sunday said, the suspect was arrested after anti-narcotic officers discovered he concealed the illicit substance in the handles of his bags and padded the top edges of same with the class A drug.

During preliminary interview, Okafor told NDLEA that he was an ex-footballer with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH Enugu FC, where he played for four seasons before leaving for Sri Lanka in 2014.

He further stated that he moved to Brazil from Sri Lanka after playing for two seasons but could not advance his football career in Brazil due lack of official documents.

On the same day, the anti narcotic operatives of NDLEA, have arrested a Brazilian returnee, Ibeh Chinedu Damian, upon his arrival at the Lagos airport from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Ethiopian airlines flight.

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Ibeh who hails from Ahiazu, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, was found to have concealed 3.20kg black cocaine popularly known as Lucci in false bottoms of his two bags.

In his statement with the NDLEA, the suspect alleged that he was to be paid three million, one hundred thousand naira (N3,100,000) on successful delivery of the drug in Nigeria.

In the same vein, attempt by a 32-year-old businesswoman, Mrs. Pamela Odin to traffic 2.150kg tablets of rohypnol through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja to Istanbul, Turkey has been thwarted by NDLEA operatives.

The mother of one was arrested on Friday 23rd September, while attempting to board a Turkish airline flight with the drug concealed inside pepper and packed among foodstuff.

The indigene of Afiesere village, Ughelli North Local Government, Delta State said she operates a restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey but came to Nigeria to see her relatives and buy food items for her restaurant business.

Elsewhere at Ebute Ero jetty in Lagos State, NDLEA operatives also arrested two Malians: Mohammed Demoele, 38 and Coulibaly Maliki, 56, have been arrested by officers of the Marine Unit of NDLEA for attempting to export 34.2kg bottles of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura to Mali through Cotonou, Benin Republic.

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In Taraba state, operatives on Thursday 29th September, intercepted 100 compressed blocks of Cannabis Sativa weighing 73.500kg, concealed inside animal feeds, while their counterparts in Ogun state on Saturday 1st October arrested a physically challenged drug dealer, Abdulraham Mohammed.

Mohammed was arrested with 104kg of compressed Cannabis Sativa recovered from him. Another suspect, Ms. Safiya Bello, was also arrested in Shagamu area of the state with 27kg of the psychotropic substance, according to the statement.

Responding, Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa, commended the officers and men of Seaports Operations, MMIA, Ogun, and Taraba Commands for their resilience.

He charged the agents and their counterpart across Nigeria borders to intensify ongoing offensive action against drug cartels and traffickers wherever they may be located in any part of Nigeria.

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