NDLEA nabs businessman for drug trafficking at Lagos airport
• Intercepts cocaine, meth going to Vietnam, Brazil, Italy
• Seizes Colorado consignment from Canada; pills of opioids in Taraba
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have arrested a businessman, Molokwu Nwachukwu, who frequents China, Dubai, Pakistan, and Vietnam, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos for concealing 36 parcels of cocaine in different parts of his check-in bags, hand luggage and two pairs of slippers, while heading to Southeast Asia.
Molokwu was arrested at the screening point of the MMIA Terminal 2, while attempting to board his flight to Vietnam on Wednesday, March 22.
Spokesperson for NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said a total of 36 parcels of whitish powdery substance that tested positive to cocaine with a gross weight of 1.00 kilogramme were recovered from the handles of his bags and soles of two pairs of slippers in his luggage.
According to him, the suspect claims he travels frequently to China, Dubai, Pakistan and Vietnam, from where he imports baby wears he distributes from his Onitsha, Anambra State base.
In the same vein, NDLEA operatives at the Lagos airport have thwarted attempt by a suspect, Chimezie Innocent Nwafor to export 2.10 kilogrammes of methamphetamine to Brazil.
Babafemi said follow up operations led to the arrest of three more suspects linked to the consignment at Oyingbo market, Yaba, Lagos.
They include: Ifeanyi Onu; Simon Nwuzor and Omini ThankGod Peter. The meth consignment was molded into 25 bars of local black soap called Dudu Osun and packaged in a carton for export to Brazil.
“A similar attempt to export a cocaine consignment consisting of 300grams of raw cocaine and 200grammes of phenacetin, a chemical agent used to adulterate and increase the volume of cocaine, concealed in packs of air freshener, going to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, was also foiled by NDLEA operatives attached to the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed, at the Lagos airport on Monday, March 20. A suspect, Onyeze Obiora has already been arrested in connection with the seizure.
“Another bid by an intending passenger to Reggio, Italy, Osasere MacDonald, to export 500grams of tramadol 225mg concealed inside a carton of indomie noodles on Tuesday, March21, was equally frustrated by vigilant officers, who seized the drugs and arrested him.
“On the same day, operatives of the Tincan Port Command of the Agency also intercepted 107 kilogrammes of Cannabis Indica, popularly known as Colorado hidden in a container bearing four used vehicles imported from Toronto, Canada. Few days later, Friday , March 24, Apapa Command of Customs Service was able to apprehend and hand over to NDLEA two suspects: Ademola Adekunle and Dayo Olatunji linked to the consignment.
“In Edo, operatives on Friday, March 24, intercepted in Auchi, Etsako West LGA, a DAF trailer marked: ZUR 378 XJ (Kebbi) with 69 bags of Cannabis sativa weighing 700kg concealed under bags of fertiliser. “While the bags of fertiliser were to be delivered in Funtua, Katsina State, the cannabis consignment was to be dropped in Kaduna. Both the driver of the truck, Babangida Mande and his assistant Mandir Abdullahi are already in custody. Another suspect, Ijarekhai Ogbewee was arrested on Thursday, March 23, at Ishokha Quarters, Otuo, Owan East Local Council, with 32kg of the same substance.
“A female drug dealer, Mrs. Kudirat Bello was nabbed in Igbesa area of Ogun State on Monday, March 20, with different quantities of methamphetamine, Cannabis sativa and Rophynol along with N119, 600.00 monetary exhibit.
“In Delta, 96 compressed blocks of Cannabis sativa weighing 82kg concealed inside jumbo bags of cassava flour were recovered at Basket Market, Asaba, while a total of 164, 750 pills of opioids, mainly tramadol, were seized from two suspects: Henry Abuchi and Daniel Ugwoke, in parts of Taraba State. About 45 blocks of compressed Cannabis sativa weighing 23kg were recovered along Okene – Abuja highway from Abubakar Muhammad, in a Toyota Hiace bus coming from Lagos and going to Maiduguri on Tuesday, March 21, in Kogi State.
“In Lagos, a total of 1,030.6 kilogrammes of Cannabis sativa were recovered from at least three suspects: Bolaji Adesina; Femi Ojo and Jamiu Useni during raid operations in Mushin area of the state,” Babafemi added.
Reacting, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers and men of MMIA, Tincan, Edo, Ogun, Delta, Taraba, Kogi, and Lagos Commands of the Agency for their vigilance and excellent working relationship with other security agencies in their areas of responsibility.
He charged them and their colleagues across the country not to rest on their oars.