Five suspects, one of them a university graduate, have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly trafficking cocaine into Nigeria.
The Punch reports that, Nonso Akubueze, a 28 year old graduate of economics was apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed international airport, Lagos alongside Simon Omoluonye, Obidike Onodyer, Friday Onyeabor and Emma Ifoh with a combined 11.5 kilogrammes of cocaine substance valued at N57m. The illegal substance was smuggled in from Brazil.
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Akubueze said he left Nigeria to seek greener pasture in Brazil when he couldn’t find a job. He said however that his hopes were dashed when life in Brazil became worse than he expected.
“I am a 2009 graduate of Economics but I have no job. I left Nigeria in search of job opportunities. My condition of living in Brazil was worse than when I was in Nigeria. It was my friend that gave me the bag containing the drug.”
Omeluonye said he was expected to be paid a million Naira for the mission and he had planned to start a business with the money.
Onodyer confessed to NDLEA that he got N200,000 for the 11 wraps of cocaine he ingested and that it was a last option to manage his financial crisis.
“Drug trafficking was my last option to free myself from the harsh condition of living in Brazil. Unfortunately, I could only swallow 11 wraps so I was paid N200,000.”
Mr. Hamza Umar, the commander at the airport said the suspects used different methods to conceal the cocaine substances.
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“Different methods were adopted in concealing the drug. One of the suspects, Omoluonye, was caught with both white and crack cocaine in tins weighing 7.8kg. Akubueze had 1.1kg by the side of his luggage while Onodyer ingested 11 wraps of cocaine weighing 0.5 grammes. Onyeabor was found with 74 wraps weighing 1.3kg and Ifoh was caught with 34 wraps weighing 0.7 grammes.
“Apart from Onyeabor, who hails from Enugu State, the four other suspects are from Anambra State.”
Recently, the NDLEA visited the ikeja office of Arik air to investigate the case of their crew member who was arrested in the UK for drug trafficking, the suspect allegedly hid it in a passenger's meal.