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  • Updated: March 03, 2024

Businessman arrested with cocaine consignment at Abuja airport— NDLEA

Businessman arrested with cocaine consignment at Abuja airpo

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, intercepted a 40-year-old businessman, Ejike Chibuke, with 1.45 kilograms of cocaine. 

This was confirmed in a statement by NDLEA spokesperson Femi Babafemi on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi explained that the drugs were found concealed in Chibuke's luggage as he attempted to board an Ethiopia Airlines flight number 950 to Vietnam via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from NAIA.

The suspect was apprehended at the Abuja airport on Saturday, March 2, after NDLEA officers conducted a thorough search, revealing the illicit substance concealed in his bag.

“In his statement, the suspect claimed he was on a business trip to Vietnam,“ he said.

Meanwhile, operatives of a special unit of the agency on Friday, March 1, swooped on members of a syndicate that deals in methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in their hideouts in parts of Lagos.

Babafemi said the operatives assigned for the operation raided the home of Esimone Amachukwu at 14 Arochukwu Street, Ejigbo.

This, he said, was where 10.012 kilogrammes of methamphetamine was found in the possession of his associate, 40-year-old Evelyn Nneka.

“Esimone is currently at large.

“While the Ejigbo operation was going on, another set of officers were simultaneously busy in the residence of another syndicate member, 45-year-old Ebele Iwuegbunam.

“The suspect located at Plot 1604 Close D, 4th Avenue, Festac town, Lagos was arrested, and 429.5 grammes of cocaine and seven kilogrammes of heroin were recovered from him,” he said.

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