NDLEA Arrests Drug Trafficker With N2.3bn Worth Of Cocaine At Abuja Airport!

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Eagle-eyed operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a drug trafficker, Okey Eze, with 350 wraps of cocaine worth over N2.3bn in street value at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

NDLEA’s Spokesperson, Mr. Femi Babafemi, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Babafemi said that the 38-year-old Eze, who claimed to be a tiler by profession, is an indigene of Orji River, in Oji-River Local Government area of Enugu State.

He said that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 22 during an inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian airline flight number 911 enroute Bamako-Addis Ababa- Abuja.

He added that the illicit drug weighing 7.70kilograms was concealed in eight packs tucked in different parts of his luggage.

Babafemi said that Eze, a resident of Bamako, Mali, in his confessional statement told the operatives that he traveled to Mali through Seme border in Badagry, Lagos state, in 2019.

His words:
“He further claimed that he came into Nigeria with the drug because he needed to raise money to take care of his late elder brothers’ four children.”

“The suspect also claimed he asked his friend who is resident in Brazil to assist him with some money but who declined and instead told him to pick up a bag with the drugs from a friend of his in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.”

“He said that it was for a fee of N500, 000 on successful delivery to someone whose contact would be sent to him on arrival in Nigeria”.

“He also said the bag containing the drugs was given to him on Wednesday morning at Addis Ababa airport”.

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Babafemi said the NDLEA Chairman, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Rted) commended the Commander, officers and men of the NAIA Command for their vigilance.

Brig.Gen. Marwa said that the NDLEA under his leadership would continue to go for the jogular of the various cartels trying to turn Nigeria into a hub of illicit drugs.


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