- The NDLEA has made another significant arrest as it continues to crack down on drug traffickers
- On Friday, May 14, the agency arrested a drug lord named Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku in connection with intercepted cocaine
- Enwereaku has reportedly confessed to being connected to the banned substance which is worth N8 billion also admitted attempting to bribe NDLEA operatives
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a Brazil-based Nigerian drug kingpin, Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku, over alleged drug trafficking.
The victim was arrested in connection with a previously intercepted 27.95 kilogrammes of cocaine (36 blocks) which has a street value of over N8 billion.
Legit.ng gathers that Enwereaku who leads a syndicate was arrested at the airport on Friday, May 14.
Enwereaku's syndicate reportedly specialises in tagging/planting drugs in innocent travellers' luggage.
How Enwereaku was arrested
Based on intelligence, NDLEA operatives had on Saturday, May 8 intercepted a bag that arrived at the Lagos airport from GRU, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the Ethiopian airline but was disclaimed by an arriving passenger on the flight.
The disclaimed bag was promptly secured by NDLEA operatives for investigation.
On Sunday, May 9, a man went to the airport to make an inquiry on how to get the disclaimed bag released. He was promptly arrested for investigation.
The disclaimed bag was opened in the presence of the arriving passenger and the man who came to negotiate the release of the disputed bag. When it was opened, it was found that the bag contained 36 blocks of cocaine, weighing 27.95kg.
A follow-up sting operation was carried out, which led to the arrest of Enwereaku, the prime suspect, upon his arrival from Addis Ababa onboard Ethiopian airline.
During preliminary interrogation after his arrest, he confessed to have been contracted by his Ethiopian associate who is a notorious drug baron to claim and push out the consignment in Lagos, Nigeria.
He further admitted to have paid the $24,500 bribe to compromise NDLEA officers.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that operatives of the NDLEA arrested a former vice chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Asekun Kehinde Sakiru, in possession of cocaine.
Asekun is a seasoned politician who had also contested and lost elections for the House of Representatives in 2007 and Lagos State House of Assembly in 2015.
The drug agency disclosed in a statement via Twitter on Wednesday, May 12, that the politician was arrested at the Lagos airport.