Man excretes 49 cocaine pellets meant to fund N3.5m import duty

A suspected drug trafficker arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA at the boarding gate of the Abuja airport has excreted 49 pellets of cocaine in the Agency’s custody.

The Hong Kong-bound airline passenger, Agbo Chidike, ingested the illicit substances weighing 998.53grams in NDLEA custody on Saturday 21st October.

Also, 38-year-old France-bound ThankGod Chimamkpa Emenike who was also involved in substance abuse, discharged 72 wraps of heroin weighing 1.171 kilograms, days after their arrest on Friday October 2023, spokesman for the Agency, Femi Babafemi said Chidike said in a statement on Sunday October 29.

Emenike, according to NDLEA, was caught during the outward clearance of passengers on Air France flight 818 to Paris in France, while Chidike was nabbed while attempting to board an Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 950 to Hong Kong via Addis Ababa on Friday October 20, 2023.

Spokesman for NDLEA Agency in a statement on Sunday that Chidike in his statement alleged that the ingested wraps of cocaine, claimed he is a businessman dealing in spare parts at the Alaba International market in Ojo area of Lagos.

The suspect also told the anti narcotic agents that he was to be paid N3.5 million which he intended to use to pay for import goods from Hong Kong.

In the same vein at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos State, NDLEA operatives, intercepted a Qatar Airways flight passenger going to Oman on Wednesday 25th October.

The suspect, Agbo Celestine Tochukwu with a consignment of 58 parcels of skunk weighing 29.10kgs while undergoing processes to board his flight at the terminal 11 of the airport.

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The NDLEA spokesman revealed that Tochukwu claimed in his statement that he relocated to Oman on 6th May and has been working as hotel attendant in Oman before venturing into drug trafficking.

Elsewhere in Ondo, Oyo, Gombe, Lagos and Edo States, NDLEA also recorded breakthrough in the war against illicit drug trafficking and arrested suspected drug barons during different raids of drug hideouts in the previous week.

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