The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested a fake Couple, Mr. Ilonzeh Kingsley Onyebuchi and Mrs. Ilonzeh Roseline Nonyelum.
The suspects purported to be going for medical treatment in India after ingesting 184 wraps of cocaine weighing 3.322 kilograms with 100grams of the drug, concealed in the woman’s private part when they were nabbed.
The two suspects, according to the spokesman of the agency, Mr Femi Babafemi, were intercepted at the Screening Point 1, Terminal 1 of the international wing of the Lagos airport on Tuesday 1st August 2023 while attempting to board an Ethiopian airline flight to India.
The agency said though their travel documents show consistency in their names and depict them as a Couple, but when the Couple was subjected them to body scan by NDLEA official, the scan confirmed they both ingested drugs.
The duo was consequently placed on excretion observation at the Agency’s facility where they excreted the wraps of cocaine.
NDLEA said their travel documents identify the man as Ilonzeh Kingsley Onyebuchi and the lady to be Ilonzeh Roseline Nonyelum.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the intending passengers were not a Couple but obtained the travel documents in the same surname to beat security checks at the airport. The lady later gave her real name as Ngogbike Nkechi.
During her interview with NDLEA, she confessed that she was recruited in her church in Aba, Abia state where she lives.
The suspect, Ilonzeh Roseline Nonyelum (aka Ngogbike Nkechi) stated further that she is a divorcee, and that Kingsley with whom she was travelling is not her husband but connected only for the purpose of the illicit drug business trip.
She also revealed that her fake husband, Kingsley brought the pellets of cocaine to her in her room to ingest in a hotel where they were both lodged in separate rooms the previous day Monday 31st July.
After their arrest, the NDLEA said a thorough search conducted on her led to the discovery of a big size wrap of cocaine that weighed 100 grams she inserted into her private part.
She confessed that she was promised Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) upon successful delivery of the drug in India.
Kingsley who told the NDLEA that he dealing in clothing business in Onitsha, Anambra State, claimed he was promised Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000) after a successful delivery of the drug in India.
A further search of the Agency’s crime data base revealed that Kingsley also obtained his travel documents with fake identity for the trip.
The anti-narcotic agency discovered that he was arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on 19th March 2022 for ingesting 100 wraps of cocaine weighing 2.243kgs upon his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on board an Ethiopian airline flight. His travel documents then contained his real name: Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian.
After his arrest at the Abuja airport on 19th March 2022 along with another suspect, Iro Elvis Uche who also ingested 65 wraps of cocaine with a gross weight of 1.376kgs, Uwaezuoke was subsequently arraigned before Justice Zainab Abubakar of the Federal High Court Abuja with charge number: FHC/ABJ/CR/438/2022.
He was eventually granted bail by the court pending the conclusion of his trial. He is still on the court bail when he was arrested at the Lagos airport for a similar offence on Tuesday 1st August.
Ilonzeh Kingsley Onyebuchi (aka Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian) excreted a total of 82 wraps of cocaine with a gross weight of 1.822kgs in five excretions.
Ilonzeh Roseline Nonyelum (aka Ngogbike Nkechi ingested 101 wraps in four excretions with a bid size wrap of the substance recovered from her private part, all weighing 1.50 kilogrammes.