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NDLEA arrests fish farmer with 25kg ephedrineiIn Kano


NDLEA officials

Detectives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), have apprehended a 59-year old fish farmer, Mr. Chukwuani, while trying to board an Ethiopian airline to Johannesburg, South Africa through Addis Ababa.

The 25 kilogrammes of substances that tested positive for Ephedrine were found in the suspect’s luggage.NDLEA Kano Airport commander, Mr. Ambrose Umoru said the suspect was intercepted at the departure-waiting lounge based on intelligence report. The drug was concealed in his luggage.

“The suspect was arrested following a tip-off after he had already gone through screening. When the substance was detected, it was tested and found to be positive for ephedrine. Already, an investigation had commenced into the case since the arrest on July 15, 2017,” Umoru stated.

The Enugu based fish farmer said he smuggled drugs in order to expand his fish farm. According to Chukwuani: “I am a fish farmer at Agbogugu, Agwu Local Council Area of Enugu State. 

I am married with three children and due to financial problems, my business was almost going into extinction. I decided to smuggle drugs to invest the money in my fish farm. They promised to pay me the sum of $2,000.”

NDLEA Chairman Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, while reacting to the arrest and seizure reiterated the importance of intelligence in the fight against drug trafficking. “Effective drug control is predicated on excellent intelligence management. This case is a validation of the cardinal role of good intelligence gathering and processing. The case is being investigated and further information shall be provided to members of the public,” Abdallah said.

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