NDLEA arrests human trafficker, orphan recruited to export drug to Dubai
Intercepts 26–year-old man travelling by road to Algeria excretes 47 wraps of cocaine
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have thwarted attempt by a human trafficker, Mathew Bassey to export the illicit drug to Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE) by planting same in the luggage of an orphan, Ms Peter Gift Eno recruited for a phantom job in the Arab nation at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos.
Bassey, 29, from Akwa Ibom State, was arrested on Wednesday, July 6, following the interception of Eno at the departure hall of the Lagos airport.
When Eno’s luggage was searched, 50 parcels of cannabis (2.80kg) concealed in food items were discovered, while there were discrepancies between the age she declared and the date of birth on her international passport.
NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement yesterday, said further interviews revealed that the human trafficker, who recruited and brought her to the airport, was still lurking around the airport, waiting for her departure.
He was promptly tracked and arrested.
According to Babafemi, investigations showed that the victim, who hails from Akwa Ibom State like Bassey recently lost her mother and as a result became an easy recruit for Bassey with the promise of securing her a job in Dubai, UAE.
It was also discovered that Bassey leveraged the victim’s naivety and planted drugs in her bag for onward delivery to his contact in Dubai.
IN a related development, the desperate bid by a drug trafficker, Aloysius Ajuruchukwu Onyekwe (a.k.a Kelvin) to travel by road to Algeria through Sokoto State with ingested 47 wraps of cocaine in his stomach has been frustrated by NDLEA operatives who intercepted him in Ibadan, Oyo State, following intelligence shared by the Department of State Security (DSS).
Onyekwe, 26, who hails from Imo State was arrested on Sunday, July 3, at Ojo park Ibadan, where he went to board a vehicle en route from Sokoto to Algeria.
The father of a 10-month-old child who passed out the 47 pellets of cocaine in five excretions was travelling with an 18-year-old lady, Blessing Nwoke.
He confessed that he began his journey to Algeria from the Cele area of Okota, Lagos where he ingested the illicit drug, weighing 1.1kg.
ALSO, in Oyo State, no fewer than 1,900 tablets of tramadol 225mg were seized from a drug dealer, Mustapha Ijabula, 22, who was arrested in a Yola, Adamawa-bound commercial vehicle stopped for routine search along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. He hails from Mubi area of Adamawa State.
In Akwa Ibom State, a trans-border trafficker, Fonkou Dassi, 31, was on Friday, July 8, arrested with 6,000 tablets of tramadol 225mg weighing 3kg by officers of the Marine Unit of the Agency, when a commercial boat he boarded was intercepted and searched on his way to Cameroon.
The suspect concealed the recovered drugs inside an indomie noodles’ cartoon.
IN the same vein, a wanted drug dealer, Uduak Edidiong Samuel, 29, was arrested on Tuesday 5th July, after attending a court proceeding where his wife was undergoing trial for another drug case. The suspect had abandoned a cannabis Sativa exhibit weighing 9kg when his house was searched on 27th June and has been on the run since then. During his arrest on Tuesday, Uduak was still found in possession of a wrap of skunk.
In Edo State, a notorious drug dealer Beauty Dauda, 27, has been arrested with various quantities of Meth, heroin, cannabis and crack cocaine in a densely populated slum along Lagos bypass, Benin City.
She was arrested on Wednesday, July 6, after NDLEA operatives were able to break through the ring of protection often provided to her by hoodlums and touts in the area.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), has commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Oyo, Akwa Ibom and Edo commands of the Agency for staying vigilant and proactive in their areas of responsibility.
He urged them and their colleagues across the country not to rest on their oars.