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NDLEA arrests Ghanaian, others with Cocaine

One of the suspects arrested by the NDLEA at the Abuja airport

A Ghanaian and two Nigerians have been arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu respectively for trafficking a total of 9.953kilograms of Cocaine and Methamphetamine.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Femi Babafemi, one of the suspects, Uzoh Ndubuisi Johnson, was arrested on Wednesday 8th December 2021 at about 5.30 pm during an inward screening of Ethiopian Airlines passengers at the Arrival Hall of the airport.

Mr Johnson, who arrived from Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was controlled and arrested with clothes impregnated with cocaine, which has a gross weight of 6.7 kilograms.

When interviewed by narcotic officers, Mr Johnson said he had been given the consignment by his enabler based in Brazil, for which he was to be paid N3 million upon delivery to someone in Nigeria.

Another trafficker, 53-year-old Udeh Charley, was arrested at the Enugu airport for ingesting 72 wraps of Cocaine weighing 1.253kilograms.

He was arrested on Friday, December 3, during outward screening of Ethiopian Airlines passengers traveling to Rome, Italy, via Addis Ababa.

In custody, he claimed he would have been paid 4000 Euros upon delivery of the drugs in Italy, where he has been living for over 20 years.

Mr Charley attributed his decision to engage in the illegal trade to the downward turn of his business due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a related development, 25-year-old John Kadja, whose father is from Kumasi, Ashanti region of Ghana and mother from Nsukka, Enugu State, was arrested on Friday, December 3, with 2 kilograms of Methamphetamine during an outward clearance of Qatar Airways from Abuja to Doha at the departure screening area of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

A search of Mr Kadja’s bag showed that the drug was concealed in a false bottom of his checked-in luggage. He claimed he was traveling to Doha to work as a laborer.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor