15th December, 2010
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has apprehended a suspected drugÂ trafficker with 17 kilogrammes of cannabis.
The NDLEA spokesman, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju disclosed that the 30-year-old suspect,Â Ugwu Gibson Obiorah, was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport inÂ Ikeja, Lagos, South-West Nigeria, while on his way to China.
The arrest came only days after NDLEA operatives arrested another suspected drugÂ trafficker for attempting to smuggle 2kg. of methamphetamine to China.
Ofoyeju said that Obiorah is an auto parts at Trade Fair Complex at Ojo. The suspectÂ was to board an Ethiopian Airline flight to China when he was arrested, NDLEA saidÂ in a statement.
He was detected at the baggage checking desk with 20 large parcels of dried weedsÂ that tested positive to cannabis in his bag. The drug was under the bag while a fewÂ top cylinder gaskets were on top as a ruse.
Reacting to the arrest, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, saidÂ that his agency will not be weary of doing things right. He promised to tighten theÂ noose on drug traffickers in the country by intensifying undercover and searchÂ operations.
“The Agency will never get tired of discharging its functions. We are optimisticÂ that doing the right things always will ultimately take us to where we intend to be.Â A drug free society is possible,” Giade stressed.
He also urged stakeholders to be unyielding in the collective campaign to eradicateÂ illicit drugs. “We have just one option and that is to collaborate in the fightÂ against narcotics. The benefits of drug control cannot be quantified because illicitÂ drugs threaten security of lives,” the NDLEA boss added.
On his part, the NDLEA Airport Commander, Alhaji Hamza Umar, pointed out thatÂ officers at the airport will continue to be on the alert to track down drug barons.Â Drug traffickers must know that our target is to meticulously exhaust every leadÂ that will help to detect drugs and make arrest,” Hamza stated.
The suspect who hails from Enugu State told officials that he was given the bag by aÂ friend. “I was given the bag by a friend to take to China. I was given N4,000 to payÂ for excess luggage because the bag contained top cylinder gaskets. I am soÂ surprised, disappointed and ashamed about the arrest. I never envisaged this problemÂ and I am confused because my wife is pregnant,” he stated.
The case is under investigation and the suspect will soon be charged to court,Â Ofoyeju said.