Two men in their late 40’s have been arrested for ingesting and excreting 193 pellets of illicit drug, called Cocaine.
The duo, Ebere Onoh 49, and Christian Ifeanyi Ogbuji, 47, were intercepted at the Abuja airport on Wednesday, May 10 upon their arrival from Uganda via Addis Ababa, onboard Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 951.
According to Femi Babafemi, Spokesperson for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, stated that the suspected drug dealers were arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja for cocaine.
After the anti-drug agency placed them for three days in observatory custody following their arrest, Ebere excreted a total of 100 pellets weighing 2.137kg while Christian expelled 93 pellets hidden in their stomachs with a gross weight of 1.986kg.
The agency stated further, “Though both suspects have businesses they manage in Nigeria, their main source of income has been drug trafficking. They both travelled to Uganda and from there crossed over to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they picked the consignments before returning to Abuja with Lagos as their final destination.
NDLEA operatives also arrested 160 suspects with different quantities of illicit substances, when the agency raided two notorious drug joints, Zaro bunk in Bama road, Sabongari and the Sani Abacha indoor stadium, both in Kano metropolis.
Also, two suspects: Abubakar Sallau, 55, and Nazifi Abdullahi, 25, were arrested on Saturday, May 13, along Kano-Maiduguri road, with 5,000 pills of Tramadol 200mg, while a total of 65,200 tablets of tramadol and exol-5 were seized from the duo of Adamu Nagati, 30, and Ali Nasiru, 35.
This is even as operatives in Abuja also arrested 25 suspects in raids across Tora Bora, Gwarinpa village, 3rd avenue in Gwarinpa, Karamo, Garki market, Sabongari Bwari and New Kucigoro IDP camp, within the FCT.
Another bid to smuggle into Lagos a consignment of 24kg cannabis indica concealed in imported used cars from Canada was again frustrated by NDLEA operatives who seized the illicit substance on Thursday, May 11 during a joint 100 per cent examination of a container marked, MSMU 7412069, at the Prime Connection Bonded terminal, off Oshodi-Apapa expressway. Two clearing agents linked with the container, Chief G.O. Njokwu and Mr. Christopher Obialor, have been arrested in collaboration with men of Customs Service.
In the same vein, operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI, attached to courier firms have intercepted a Saudi Arabia-bound 398grams of cocaine hidden in native dresses during outward clearance of goods.
A female suspect, Fatima Hassan was arrested on Friday, May 12 at Agege, Lagos with 33.5kg of cannabis sativa, while 44kg of the 44kg of the same substance was recovered same day from the Lagos Island warehouse of a fleeing drug dealer.
While NDLEA operatives supported by soldiers raided the hideout of a notorious drug dealer, Jimoh Lekan (aka ‘komokomo’) in Owode, Ogun state where 134kg cannabis was recovered from his store on Thursday, May 11, their counterparts in Plateau state on Tuesday, May 9, arrested a suspect Bashir Usman, 32, at the Gangare Area of Jos, with 43.951kg of cannabis.