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NDLEA nabs Brazilian returnee with cocaine hidden in private part

By Bertram Nwannekanma
27 June 2022   |   3:36 am
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a Brazilian returnee, Igwedum Uche Benson at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport ...

Igwedum Uche Benson

• Seizes London-bound Meth consignments at Lagos airport, Imo
• Nabs two wanted drug kingpins behind seized Tincan port shipments

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a Brazilian returnee, Igwedum Uche Benson at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos with pellets of cocaine concealed in his private part.

Igwedum was arrested at the Lagos airport on Monday, June 20, upon his arrival on Ethiopian Airlines from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa.

Spokesperson for the Agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement yesterday, said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect had swallowed 50 wraps of cocaine before departing Brazil and excreted 48 pellets in Addis Ababa where he handed them over to another person.

Babafemi said the suspect claimed he was unable to excrete the remaining two wraps at the hotel room in Addis Ababa before boarding his flight but later excreted them in the aircraft restroom during the flight from Ethiopia to Lagos.

ALSO, operatives of the MMIA command of NDLEA on Saturday night, June 25,  arrested a drug kingpin, Onyekachi Chukwuma Macdonald behind attempts to export 40 parcels of Methamphetamine popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri in local parlance, to London, United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport.

The arrest, Babafemi said, was after three weeks of painstaking investigation and tracking. According to NDLEA spokesperson, Onyekachi was arrested at Manacola estate, Alakuko area of Lagos at the weekend, three weeks after his Mkpuru Mmiri consignment weighing 2.05kilogrammes was intercepted at the airport and his freight agent, Peter Christopher Anikan arrested on June 7.
During his interview, the suspect said he had lived in Dubai, UAE for 10 years before returning to Nigeria in 2019.
Also, he stated that after his return to Nigeria, he opened a phone accessories shop in Sango Otta, Ogun State, but the business collapsed. He then started sending cigarettes to London and decided to conceal the illicit drug in the consignment after advice by a friend.

SIMILARLY, the anti narcotic agency on Wednesday, June 22,  seized another consignment of 2kg Mkpuru Mmiri at a courier house in Owerri, Imo State.

The seized cargo had ankara and lace fabrics in which two cylindrical cellophanes containing the drug heading to Hong Kong were concealed.

Also, at the Lagos airport, NDLEA operatives on Friday, June 24, intercepted 500,000 tablets of tramadol 225mg packed in 10 cartons and labelled tramaking imported from Karachi, Pakistan on Emirates Airline. The consignment weighing 407.60kg was seized during a joint examination with Customs and NAFDAC officials.

Same day, a Dubai, UAE-bound passenger, Alegbeleye Taiwo, was arrested at the departure hall of the MMIA with 40 ampoules of pentazocine injection. The 21-year-old suspect claims he’s from Osun State.

MEANWHILE, NDLEA operatives have arrested  two kingpins behind the importation of two recent drug consignments from Canada concealed in vehicle containers through the Tincan seaport in Apapa, Lagos.

One of them, Gboyega Ayoola Elegbeji,  was arrested at his house, 14 Bakare Street, Idi Araba, Lagos on Wednesday, June 22, for importing a 40ft container TRHU7874497 containing 33 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing16.5kg.

The second suspect, Sunday Joe Oyebola, (aka Otunba) was arrested on Thursday, June 23. He’s linked to the importation of a 40ft container MEDU4389887 containing four vehicles used to conceal 290 parcels, weighing 145 kg cannabis indica (Colorado) from Montreal, Canada.

He had been on the run since March and had in the course of the investigation attempted to bribe officers with N10 million to influence the case.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), has commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Tincan, and Imo State Commands for the drug seizures and arrests, especially those who thought they could evade the long arm of the law.

He urged them and their compatriots across other formations to intensify their efforts towards achieving set goals.