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Brazilian returnee nabbed, excretes 92 wraps of cocaine at Abuja airport

By Bertram Nwannekanma
12 September 2022   |   4:24 am
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have arrested a Brazilian returnee and father of two, Okolie Paulinus Nwabueze, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

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NDLEA arrests pregnant drug dealer in Edo, intercepts US-bound meth consignments

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have arrested a Brazilian returnee and father of two, Okolie Paulinus Nwabueze, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, for importing 92 wraps of cocaine, which he ingested and eventually excreted after days under observation in the agency’s facility.

   
Spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said the 53-year-old trafficker, who hails from Mmaku village, Awgu Local Council of Enugu State was arrested on Friday, September 2, upon his arrival on a Qatar Airline flight en route Brazil-Doha-Abuja.
 
According to him, the suspect claimed to have left Nigeria for Mozambique in 2004 and finally relocated to Brazil in 2017, where he obtained a residence permit before deciding to import the illicit substance for a $4,000 fee.
 
In the same vein, a 42-year-old man, Aliyu Bello Kwasare, has been arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano, for attempting to export a consignment of a new psychoactive substance, Akuskura, to Saudi Arabia.
   
The indigene of Kware Local Council of Sokoto State, who lives in Goron Dutse area of Kano, was arrested on Monday, September 5, during outward clearance of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight to Riyadh.
   
At Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos, about 1,099,000 tablets of tramadol 225mg have been seized through inter-agency collaboration between NDLEA and Nigerian Customs.
   
The pharmaceutical opioids packed in 50 cartons weighing 2,058.90kg, were imported from Pakistan via Addis-Ababa on Ethiopian Airways. The consignment was concealed among other non-controlled pharmaceuticals.
 
Also, a freight agent, Aliyu Abubakar was on Friday, September 9, arrested at the Nigerian Aviation Handling (NAHCO) export shed of the airport over an attempt to export a consignment of cannabis concealed inside bottles of caro white body lotion.
   
Meanwhile, attempts by drug cartels to export 7.805 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine to the United States and Australia have been thwarted by NDLEA operatives attached to some courier companies in Lagos. The meth consignments were concealed in the linings of the local fabric, wooden statutes, printer cartridges, handle of travel bag and cassava flakes.
 
Also, a 25-year-old pregnant woman, Haruna Favour, was arrested in Auchi, Edo State on Friday, September 9 with 82 pinches of methamphetamine as well as various quantities of Loud, Arizona, Colorado variants of cannabis and codeine-based cough syrup.
   
In Gombe State, 119,000 tablets and capsules of tramadol, D5 and Exol5 were recovered from two drug dealers, Nasiru Abubakar, 22 and Umaru Bayero, a.k.a Hadiza,  when NDLEA operatives raided their stores at Gombe main market on Tuesday, September 6.
 
In Kogi State, a suspect, Paul Ali, 47, was arrested along the Okene-Abuja highway with 1,404 bottles of codeine-based syrup weighing 190.94kg and 2,040 ampoules of pentazocine injection coming from Onitsha to Sokoto. A follow-up operation in Sokoto also led to the arrest of the receiver of the consignment on Tuesday, September 6.
 
Similarly, a raid at a cannabis plantation camp in Emure Forest, Owo Local Council of Ondo State, has led to the arrest of Monday Onoja, 20; Daniel Kehinde, 25 and Obinna Okechukwu, 35, where 16 bags of the illicit substance weighing 179.5kg were seized from them.

MEANWHILE, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohmamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended officers and men of the Commands for their resilience. 
   
He charged them and their compatriots in other commands to remain focussed and vigilant in their areas of responsibility.

 

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