2 Arrested For Drug Trafficking


Simon Ateba/Lagos

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have apprehended two men in connection with unlawful exportation of narcotic drugs.

NDLEA said the suspects were arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, with 3.700kg of methamphetamine weighing 1.700kg.

The drug was hidden in a false bottom of luggage and was detected during the outward clearance of Arik air passengers to Monrovia while 2kg of cannabis concealed in dried bitter leaf vegetable was found during the outward search of goods meant for export on board Qatar airline flight.

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“A 53 year old Obianwo Josiah Okwuchukwu concealed 1.700kg of methamphetamine in his luggage on his way to Monrovia, Liberia while Ifeanyi Okafor, 38, concealed 2kg of dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis sativa in a bag containing dried bitter leaf vegetable meant for export to Doha, Qatar,” said Hamza Umar, NDLEA Lagos airport commander.

Umar said both suspects who are from Anambra State have claimed ownership of the drugs.

“They also stated in their confessional statements that they were enticed by the monetary reward offered by their sponsors,” Umar said.

NDLEA said the suspects will soon be charged to court.

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