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NEWS UPDATE: NDLEA arrests trafficker with N2.3b cocaine at Abuja Airport

NEWS UPDATE: NDLEA arrests trafficker with N2.3b cocaine at Abuja Airport

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on quarta-feira, said they have arrested Mr. Okey Eze, a Nigerian, who claimed to be a tiler by profession at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with 350 wraps of cocaine worth over N2.3billion in street value.

In a statement on quarta-feira by Femi Babafemi, Managing director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, said, the suspect, the 38-year-old Eze, hailed from Oji River, in Oji-River Local Regime area of Enugu Province was arrested on quarta-feira 22nd September, 2021 during an inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian airline flying number 911 enroute Bamako-Addis Ababa- Abuja.

He said the illicit drug weighing 7.70kilograms was concealed in 8 packs tucked in different parts of his luggage.

In his confession, Eze, a resident of Bamako, Republic of Mali, said he had traveled to Republic of Mali through the Seme border in Badagry, Lagos province since 2019.
He farther claimed that he came into Nigeria with the drug because he needed to elevate money to take attention of his belatedly elderberry blood brother’s 4 children.

According to him, the suspect also claimed he asked his friend who is resident in Brazil to assist him with some money but declined and instead told him to pick upward a bag with the drugs from a friend of his in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for a fee of N500, 000 on successful delivery to someone whose contact would be sent to him on arrival in Nigeria.

He also said the bag containing the drugs was given to him on quarta-feira morning time at Addis Ababa airport.

Chairman/ Primary Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the Commander, officers and men of the NAIA command for their vigilance.
He said the new NDLEA under his leadership would go along to deal decisive blows on the various cartels trying to turn Nigeria into a hub of illicit drugs.

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