A Brazilian returnee, Igwedum Uche Benson has been arrested at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, in Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for concealing pellets of cocaine in his private part.
According to the Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi, 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.
According to a statement signed by him, preliminary investigations reveal that Igwedum also 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.
The 47-year-old Igwedum was nabbed at the Lagos airport on Monday 20th June, 2022 upon his arrival on Ethiopian Airlines from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa.
In a related development, after three weeks of painstaking investigation and tracking, operatives of the MMIA command of NDLEA on Saturday night, 25th June, 2022 arrested a drug kingpin, Onyekachi Chukwuma Macdonald behind attempts to export 40 parcels of Methamphetamine popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri locally to London, United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport.
Onyekachi was arrested at Manacola Estate, Alakuko area of Lagos at the weekend, three weeks after his Mkpuru Mmiri consignment weighing 2.05kilograms was intercepted at the airport and his freight agent, Peter Christopher Anikan was arrested on 7th June.
During interview with the him, the anti-drug agency said the suspect said he is from Ahiazu, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state and had lived in Dubai, UAE for 10 years before returning to Nigeria in 2019.
The suspect 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.