- The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has a big arrest in Abuja, this time around, it is at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
- The agency recently nabbed two drug traffickers, a father of four and a young businessman caught with 165 wraps of drugs
- Meanwhile, the duo was nabbed by narcotic officers of the agency at the airport after they ingested illicit drugs
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have arrested two drug traffickers identified simply as Elvis Uche Iro, 53, and Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian, 42.
The duo was said to have excreted a total of 165 wraps of illicit drugs following their arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja by operatives of the NDLEA, for ingesting the illicit drug.
The director, media & advocacy of the agency, Femi Babafemi, made this disclosure through a statement issued on Sunday, March 27, on the official Facebook page of the NDLEA.
According to the statement, they excreted the drugs while under observation in the agency’s custody.
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The 53-year-old Elvis, who is a father of four children, hails from Abiriba, Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia state.
He was arrested on Saturday, March 19, upon his arrival on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis-Ababa for ingesting 65 pellets of illicit drugs weighing 1.376kg.
The suspects claim
During the preliminary interview, he claimed is an interior decorator but had to go into drug trafficking because he needed money to start a coffee business.
What he stands to gain
He said he would have been paid one thousand ($1,000) on the successful delivery of the drug in Abuja.
The second passenger
Another passenger on the same flight, 42-year-old Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian was also arrested on arrival for ingesting 100 pellets of illicit drugs with a total weight of 2.243kg.
Ikenna, who hails from Ojoto, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra state claims he is a businessman dealing in babywear before venturing into drug trafficking.
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In a similar event, operatives of the NDLEA in Taraba arrested one of the state's most wanted person.
The suspect, Micha Godwin was arrested on Tuesday, March 8 after the anti-narcotic squad raided his warehouse.
The raid was said to have led to the injury of seven officers while one vehicle was damaged.
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This is part of the NDLEA's move to reinforce its partnership with the National Union of Road Transport Workers to tackle illicit drugs across Lagos state.
The spokesman of the Lagos state command of the NDLEA, Mallum Musa, said this in a statement signed on Friday, March 4, in Lagos.