A drug kingpin named Ibeh Ejike has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, (NAIA) Abuja for ingesting 87 wraps of cocaine among other arrests across the country.
This was disclosed by NDLEA spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
According to Babafemi, the 41-year-old suspect was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 25, upon his arrival on board an Ethiopian Airline flight 911 from Kigali via Addis Ababa.
He said the suspect was taken in for secondary check during which he tested positive to ingestion of illicit substance.
“While under observation, he excreted 87 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.884 kilograms.
“Ibeh, who imports clothes for sale, hails from Owerri Ikeala village in Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra State,” Babafemi said.
In a related development, a Lagos-based drug dealer, Eze Okorie, has been arrested following the interception of 4.15 kilograms of methamphetamine consignment going to London, the United Kingdom.
Babafemi said the drug was intercepted at the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, on Aug. 13.
He said the drug was concealed in tins of tomato branded ‘sunripe’ and packaged for the driver of a freight forwarding company to deliver at the airport export shed for onward movement to the UK.
“Though the freight company’s driver was initially arrested, follow up investigations and subsequent sting operation led to the arrest of the kingpin behind the consignment.
“Okorie was arrested at his Coker, Surulere, Lagos, home on Wednesday, Aug. 25. He hails from Isu village in Onicha LGA, Ebonyi state,” said Babafemi.
Meanwhile, he said the raid of drug joints continued across the states in the last week, and that one Anietie Attauba was arrested at Idundu community, Cross River State with 9.9 grams of cocaine.
He added that a 23-year-old Joy Odey was picked up in Nassarawa Bakoko Area of Calabar Municipality LGA on Friday, Aug. 27 with 500grams of skunk.
“On the same day, one Ugwuanyi Basil was arrested at AK Divine Park, Harbour Road, Calabar with 2.6kg of cannabis; 10.33grams of cocaine and 30ml of swinol,” he said.
The NDLEA spokesperson said operatives of the FCT Command of the agency also intercepted a Hiace bus conveying bags of cannabis, and 30 parcels of skunk.
This, he said, was cumulatively weighing 310 kilograms along Abaji-Gwagwalada expressway, where another 32kg of tramadol was equally seized on the same day.
“In Anambra State, operatives also raided the Onitsha main market, Marine Line on Thursday, Aug 26, with the support of soldiers.
“Recovered during the raid were: 50kg of cannabis; 150grams of meth and 27.6grams of cocaine. One of the dealers, Moses Obiahu was arrested,” he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, rtd., Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, as commending the resilience of the officers and men of the NAIA, MMIA, Anambra, Cross River and FCT Commands of the agency.
He charged them and their colleagues across the country to intensify the ongoing offensive action aimed at cutting off availability and accessibility to illicit drugs in all parts of Nigeria.