The Nationwide Drug Enforcement Company (NDLEA) made giant seizures of cocaine and heroin, with road values estimated at greater than N30 billion at Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
This got here only a week after NDLEA’s new President / Chief Government, Brigadier-Common Mohammed Buba Marwa, promised to dismantle drug trafficking cartels throughout Nigeria.
One of many seizures, 26,840 kg of cocaine, is the most important particular person seizure of a person prior to now 15 years, The Nation learns.
In line with a senior company official in Abuja, “On January 27, 2021, at round 1320 hours, in the course of the launch of Ethiopian Airline passengers within the Arrivals space of Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, a passenger named Onyejegbu Ifesinachi Jennifer, 33, who arrived in Nigeria from São Paulo, Brazil by way of Addis Ababa, was intercepted by NDLEA brokers.
“As an ordinary working process, all passengers to and from high-risk international locations are all the time plotted utilizing the passenger manifest. It turned out that the aforementioned suspect was the goal. Consequently, she was taken to NDLEA’s workplace on the airport, the place her luggage have been totally searched and, within the course of, whitish powder substances have been discovered hidden inside 16 items of comforter contained in her two suitcases.
“In a coordinated operation, on January 27, 2021, an NDLEA undercover agent was contacted by an Abubakar Aliyu. Guided by the operation and investigation unit, the spy efficiently lured mentioned Abubakar Aliyu to the airport’s cargo terminal the place he was arrested. The suspect revealed to NDLEA brokers that another person was on his option to obtain the bag based mostly on directions from his sender whose title he named Ikechukwu Eze.
“In consequence, a sure Emmanuel Iyke Aniebonam, who was imagined to obtain the bag, was additionally arrested at NAHCO. Throughout a preliminary interview with a staff of investigators, Emmanuel confessed that he was instructed by an Ikechukwu to obtain the cargo. Emmanuel was once more positioned to lure in Ikechukwu Eze, however as an alternative of exhibiting as much as obtain Emmanuel’s cargo, he despatched one other one who mentioned he was mandated to obtain his cargo, and so they agreed to fulfill on the Ibis Royal Lodge, just a few miles away away from the airport.
“A follow-up operation was rapidly organized on the lodge, the place an Onwurah Kelvin was arrested and brought to the workplace. The suspect confessed in the course of the interview that he was despatched by an Ikechukwu to obtain the cargo. After that, the detained pouch was opened within the presence of all three suspects, whitish powdery substances have been discovered fastidiously hidden and sewn inside 5 kid’s comforters. The sphere check carried out on the reveals proved that cocaine weighs 8,400 kg, with a road worth of greater than N7 billion. “
It was additionally recognized that on January 24, 2021 round midday, an Edosa Christopher was arrested on the passenger screening level at Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, in Lagos, and subjected to a physique scan, which proved to be optimistic for ingestion of heavy medication.
In line with the authorities, “the suspect was instantly transferred to the NDLEA / JBTF workplace and positioned underneath commentary of excretion. Subsequently, he excreted a complete of 68 substance wraps, which have been examined and examined optimistic for heroin. It additionally weighed 950 grams.
“Throughout an interview, Edosa Christopher confessed to purchasing the illicit substance at the price of N800,000 from somebody he known as ‘Paddy’. In line with the suspect, he met the aforementioned PADDY on the Eagle Rock lodge, close to the In the past Palace Approach, in Lagos, the place he stayed for a quick keep. Additional investigation, nevertheless, revealed that the lodge doesn’t exist anyplace in Lagos. “
“The company’s president, Common Marwa had already praised MMIA, Lagos commander Ahmadu Garba and his staff for his or her efforts and for following their directives in a gathering with all commanders accountable for the 36 states, FCT and particular instructions . “