Widower arrested after ingesting 100 cocaine wraps to fund wedding

67-year-old suspected trafficker, Chukwuemeka Clement arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja have ingested 100 wraps of cocaine weighing 2.195 kilograms in four excretions.

The widower who ventured into illicit enterprise to raise enough money to marry a new wife and start life afresh after wasting 30 years of his life in Brazil, Ethiopia and Thailand.

The spokesman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He said on Sunday that the suspect was arrested by operatives of NDLEA on Tuesday 3rd October during the inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight 951 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He was thereafter made to undergo body scan, which revealed multiple pellets in his stomach.

While under observation, the suspect excreted a total of 100 wraps of cocaine weighing 2.195 kilograms in four excretions.

He told NDLEA agents in his statement that he has spent 30 years in Brazil, Ethiopia and Thailand, while he was once married.

Chukwuemeka said he lost his wife and without a child, before going into drug trafficking to raise enough money to marry a new wife and begin a marital bliss.

On the same day, Tuesday 3rd October, NDLEA operatives at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano, intercepted a 45-year-old woman, Bilkisu Mohammed Bello.

She was nabbed while preparing to board a Saudia Airlines flight to Saudi Arabia, according to NDLEA.

During an interviewed, the suspect confessed that pellets of cocaine given to her to swallow before her flight were kept in a house in Farawa area of Kano.

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The anti narcotic agency alleged that when she led NDLEA officers to the house, 52 wraps of the illicit substance with a total weight of 767grams were recovered.

Meanwhile, a team of NDLEA operatives supported by officers and men of the Nigerian Army, Civil Defence Corps and Amotekun personnel on Tuesday 3rd October stormed James town, in Ogunmakin, Obafemi Owode Local government Area of Ogun State where they located and destroyed 10.38 tonnes of cannabis sativa covering over 4.152 hectares.

While on their way back from the operation, according to NDLEA, the team also intercepted a truck marked FS548XN carrying a 40ft container loaded with logs of wood.

A search of the container led to the recovery of two bags of cannabis sativa weighing 20kgs while six suspects: Ahmed Yusuf, Olaniyi Babatunde, Adedeji Babatunde, Richard John, Osolale Olamilekan and Abdulazeez Saied, in the truck were arrested.

In the same vein, operatives on Sunday 1st October raided Obi camp in Owan West LGA, Edo state where 30 sacks of skunk weighing 300kgs.

The consignment, according to the NDLEA, was concealed in charcoal were evacuated from an old dilapidated mud house.

Elsewhere at Igbanke forest in Orhiomwon Local government Area of the State, NDLEA operatives have destroyed two cannabis farms measuring 1.179065 hectares

The farms were destroyed on Friday 6th October, while four suspects: Tersoo Zaria, 28; Ifeanyi Osai, 53; Moses David, 19, and Daniel Gabriel, 20, were arrested.

Similarly a suspected drug trafficker, Auwal Bindow was arrested on Friday 6th October by NDLEA agents in Gombe State.

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He was nabbed on Bauchi – Gombe road with 50,000 capsules of tramadol, while in Oyo state, NDLEA operatives on patrol on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway nabbed Anuoluwapo Blessing Iyanu, 32.

The suspect was nabbed with 52 blocks of compressed pawpaw shaped cannabis sativa weighing 30kgs on Wednesday 4th October.

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