Five suspects have been arrested by operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for alleged drug trafficking.
They are Nonso Akubueze, a 28-year-old university graduate of Economics, Omeluonye Izuchukwu Simeon, Obidike Onodyer, Friday Onyeabor and Emma Ifoh.
The suspects were apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport [MMA], Lagos, with 11.5 kilogrammes of substances believed to be crack cocaine valued at N57m.
The substances – crack cocaine – were being smuggled from Brazil for onward exportation to Europe.
Anti-narcotic officers have also arrested five suspected drug traffickers in connection with the seized drugs. Unlike the white cocaine, seizures of crack cocaine are not common in the country.
Akubueze, who was found with 1.1kg of cocaine hidden in his luggage, said he had left Nigeria for Brazil with the hope of getting a good job but his expectation was dashed on getting there.
He said, “I am a 2009 graduate of Economics but I have no job. I left Nigeria in search of job opportunities. My condition of living in Brazil was worse than when I was in Nigeria. It was my friend that gave me the bag containing the drug.”
28 years old Omeluonye Izuchukwu Simeon, who was caught with drugs hidden in tins, said he wanted to invest the N1 million they promised him in business, saying: “I suffered untold pain while in Brazil. I agreed to smuggle drugs because I wanted to settle down and further my studies. I have a diploma in Mechanical Engineering. I feel very bad,” Omeluonye said.
“Akubueze Kyrian Nonso, 28 years old, had 1.110kg by the side of his luggage while Obidike Onodyer, 40 years old ingested 11 wraps of cocaine weighing 0.485 grammes. Others are Onyeabor Maduabuchukwu Friday, 35 years old, found with 74 wraps weighing 1.256kg, and Ifoh Emma, 37 years old, was caught with 34 wraps weighing 0.710 grammes”.
The airport commander, Hamza Umar, who disclosed that different methods were adopted in concealing the drugs, said: “One of the suspects, Omoluonye Izuchukwu Simon was caught with both white and crack cocaine in tins weighing 7.785kg. The crack cocaine weighed 3.885kg while the white weighed 3.900kg.
The commander added that apart from Onyeabor Maduabuchukwu Friday, who hails from Enugu State, other suspects are from Anambra State.
He said, “Different methods were adopted in concealing the drug. One of the suspects, Omoluonye, was caught with both white and crack cocaine in tins weighing 7.8kg. Akubueze had 1.1kg by the side of his luggage while Onodyer ingested 11 wraps of cocaine weighing 0.5 grammes. Onyeabor was found with 74 wraps weighing 1.3kg and Ifoh was caught with 34 wraps weighing 0.7 grammes.
“Apart from Onyeabor, who hails from Enugu State, the four other suspects are from Anambra State.”
The Chairman of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, called on members of the public to shun drug trafficking and engage in legitimate business ventures.
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