The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it intercepted a drug kingpin, Ibeh Ejike, at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, (NAIA) Abuja for ingesting 87 wraps of cocaine.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
Mr Babafemi said the 41-year-old suspect was arrested on Wednesday, August 25, upon his arrival on board an Ethiopian Airline flight 911 from Kigali via Addis Ababa.
He said the suspect was taken in for a secondary check during which he tested positive to ingestion of illicit substances.
“While under observation, he excreted 87 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.884 kilograms.
“Ibeh, who imports clothes for sale, hails from Owerrizikeala village in Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra State,” Mr Babafemi said.
In the same vein, a Lagos-based drug dealer, Eze Okorie, has been arrested following the interception of 4.15 kilograms of methamphetamine consignment going to London, the United Kingdom.
Mr Babafemi said the drug was intercepted at the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA) Ikeja, on August 13.
He said the drug was concealed in tins of tomato branded ‘sunripe’ and packaged for the driver of a freight forwarding company to deliver at the airport export shed for onward movement to the UK.
“Though the freight company’s driver was initially arrested, follow up investigations and subsequent sting operation led to the arrest of the kingpin behind the consignment.
“Okorie was arrested at his Coker, Surulere, Lagos, home on Wednesday, August 25. He hails from Isu village in Onicha LGA, Ebonyi state,” said Mr Babafemi.
Meanwhile, he said the raid of drug joints continued across the states in the last week, and that one Anietie Attauba was arrested at Idundu community, Cross River state with 9.9 grams of cocaine.