NDLEA Arrests 6 With N75m Drugs

(from left) Sunday, Enyinwa and Ganiyu, the three Nigerians jailed in UK for fraud.

• (from left) Sunday, Enyinwa and Ganiyu, the three Nigerians jailed in UK for fraud.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Abuja, has arrested six suspected drug traffickers in connection with unlawful exportation of 7.51 kilogrammes of narcotics, the agency said in a statement this morning.

• (from left) Sunday, Enyinwa and Ganiyu, the three Nigerians jailed in UK for fraud.

The drugs comprise 6.35 kilogrammes of cocaine and 1.16 kilogrammes of heroin with an estimated street value of N75 million, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, the agency’s Head of Public Affairs said.

He said that one of the drug suspects ,who claimed to be a researcher, was nabbed with 1 kilogramme of cocaine concealed in his luggage on his way to Leeds through Amsterdam. Two other traders were to export 1.5 kilogrammes of cocaine to London and 1.16 kilogrammes of heroin to Florida, United States.

Enamachi Sunday, a 1999-graduate of Material Engineering at the Enugu State University of Technology also claimed to have a master’s degree in Material Engineering at Delf University Netherlands. He is married and has two children and hails from Enugu State, South East Nigeria.

NDLEA said that preliminary investigation points to the fact that the suspect wanted to hide under the canopy of academic research to smuggle drugs unnoticed.

Owolabi Ganiyu who hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria, is married and has four children. The 52-year-old father swallowed 100 wraps of cocaine for a fee of 3,000 pounds.

Enyinwa sells clothes at Benin Republic. The suspect who hails from Abia State, Southeast Nigeria, ingested 53 wraps of heroin weighing 1.16 kilogrammes.

“Apart from the researcher that concealed 1 kilogramme of cocaine in his luggage during screening of KLM passengers to Amsterdam, Owolabi Ganiyu tested positive to drug ingestion during screening of British Airways flight to London. He later excreted 1.5kg of cocaine. Enyinwa Aka Ukeje also ingested 1.16kg of heroin on his way to the United States,” the NDLEA Commander at the Abuja Airport, Alhaji Hamisu Lawan, said.

The other three suspects are: Okoli Kenechukwu Stephen- cocaine 1.6kg; Vitalis Wilson – cocaine 1.65kg; and Ojo Sunday – cocaine 1.0kg.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said that drug barons and traffickers will be caught and prosecuted.

“There is always a day of reckoning and those who sow the seed of discord must be prepared to reap strife. We are determined to arrest all drug barons and prosecute them,” Giade said. The suspects will be arraigned in court soon, the NDLEA said without a specific date.

—Simon Ateba