Two Men Arrested with 700g of Cocaine in Lagos Airport

Two Nigerians who reportedly evaded arrest in Brazil and Morocco, have been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos for suspected drug trafficking.

Ahmadu Garba,The NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, listed the suspects who both tested positive to cocaine as Okonkwo Francis Okechukwu, 44, and Ifedigbo Chinedu Lucky, 37..

According to Garba, “Preliminary investigation revealed that both suspects planned and executed the unlawful act together. They inserted seven wraps of cocaine each into their bodies weighing 350 grammes.”

Wraps of Cocaine on Okechukwu

Wraps of Cocaine on Okechukwu

“I was stranded in Brazil, where I worked as a waiter in a restaurant for two years.

Life was awful as I was struggling daily just to feed myself. When I was contacted to smuggle cocaine to Nigeria, I was very happy because it was an opportunity to return home.

My sponsor also promised to pay me half a million Naira with which I had planned to start a business,” Okechukwu, who hails from Enugu state said after his arrest.

Lucky, an indigene of Anambra state, who had spent two years in Brazil said his arrest was due to ill-luck.

“I am a businessman. I import female shoes from Brazil since 2014. This arrest is just bad luck for me because I was already calculating my profit from the deal,” he said.

“NDLEA is committed to the fight against narcotic production and trafficking,

Brazil is a source country for cocaine and I am glad with the high level of vigilance on the route resulting in several arrests and seizures.

It is however sad that the suspects could insert narcotics into their alimentary canals in utter disregard of the health consequences. The suspects will be arraigned soon,” NDLEA Chairman, Colonel Muhammad Abdallah (Rtd) said.

Credit: Ben Ezeamalu/PREMIUM TIMES

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