NDLEA nabs Vietnam-bound businessman with cocaine at Lagos airport


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency 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 said to have been arrested on Wednesday, March 22, at the screening point of the MMIA Terminal 2, while he was attempting to board a flight to Vietnam.

During a search, 36 parcels of whitish powdery substance that tested positive for Cocaine with a gross weight of 1.00 kg were recovered from the handles of his bags and soles of two pairs of slippers in his luggage.

The agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday.

Babafemi said, “A total of 36 parcels of whitish powdery substance that tested positive for Cocaine with a gross weight of 1.00 kilogram were recovered from the handles of his bags and soles of two pairs of slippers in his luggage.

“The suspect claimed that 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 thwarted an attempt by a suspect, Chimezie Nwafor, to export 2.10 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in 25 bars of local black soap called Dudu Osun and packaged in a carton to be exported to Brazil.

Meanwhile, follow-up operations exposed three other suspects, Ifeanyi Onu, Simon Nwuzor and Omini Peter, who were linked to the consignment and were arrested at Oyingbo Market, Yaba, Lagos.

Also, a suspect, Onyeze Obiora, was arrested in connection with the seizure of a cocaine consignment consisting of 300 grams of raw cocaine and 200grams 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.

Another bid by an intending passenger, Osasere MacDonald, attempting to export 500grams of tramadol 225mg concealed inside a carton of Indomie noodles to Reggio, Italy, on Tuesday, March 21, was equally frustrated by NDLEA operatives who seized the drugs and arrested him.

This was as operatives of the Tincan Port Command of the agency also intercepted 107 kilograms of Cannabis Indica popularly known as Colorado hidden in a container bearing four used vehicles imported from Toronto, Canada on the same day.

Meanwhile, Babafemi revealed that on Friday, March 24, the Apapa Command of the Customs Service was able to apprehend and hand over to the NDLEA, two suspects, Ademola Adekunle and Dayo Olatunji, linked to the consignment.

Also, in the Mushin area of Lagos, a total of 1,030.6 kilograms of cannabis were recovered from at least three suspects, Bolaji Adesina, Femi Ojo and Jamiu Useni during raid operations.

A female drug dealer, Kudirat Bello, was nabbed in the Igbesa area of Ogun State on Monday, March 20, with different quantities of methamphetamine, cannabis and rophynol along with N119,600 monetary exhibit.

This was as operatives in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State intercepted a DAF trailer marked ZUR 378 XJ (Kebbi), carrying 69 bags of Cannabis Sativa weighing 700kg, concealed under bags of fertiliser, on Friday, March 24.

The truck driver, Babangida Mande, and his assistant, Mandir Abdullahi, are already in custody.

The spokesperson for the NDLEA revealed that while the bags of fertiliser were to be delivered in Funtua, Katsina State, the cannabis consignment was to be dropped in Kaduna.

Another suspect, Ijarekhai Ogbewee was arrested with 32kg of the same substance a day earlier, on Thursday, March 23, at Ishokha Quarters, Otuo, Owan East LGA of the state.

Meanwhile, in Delta, 96 compressed blocks of cannabis 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.

This was as no fewer than 45 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 23kg were recovered in a Toyota Hiace bus from one Abubakar Muhammad who was coming from Lagos and to Maiduguri, and was intercepted along the Okene-Abuja highway, in Kogi State on Tuesday, March 21.

Source: PUNCH

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