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52-year-old intercepted with cocaine

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos have intercepted no less than 101 parcels of cocaine concealed in 8 children’s duvets.

Spokesman for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi in a statement says, the illicit drug was brought into the country by a 52-year-old Brazilian returnee, Akudirinwa Hilary Uchenna.

He was arrested on Saturday, April 9, at the D-Arrival Hall of the Lagos airport upon his return from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Doha aboard a Qatar Airline flight, while the 101 parcels of the class A drug with a gross weight of 13.2 kilograms were recovered from his only check-in bag.

The statement adds that, during a preliminary interview, Uchenna who claimed to be a carpenter confessed that he was to be paid ₦5million for trafficking the drug after successfully delivering the consignment in Lagos.

In a related development, big pellets of Skunk concealed in detergent containers have been intercepted at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA) Enugu.

A 37-year-old South African returnee, Ezekwesili Afamefune brought in the consignment weighing 730grams aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Johannesburg, South Africa via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Also giving details of other activities across the states, Mr Babafemi says, in Edo state, a 24-year-old drug dealer Christian John was arrested by NDLEA operatives in Egbeta, Ovia North East LGA for selling assorted illicit drugs which include sachets of drugged beverage, cannabis Sativa, swinol and tramadol tablets.

In Zamfara state, one Chibuzor Uba, 30-year-old was arrested on Friday, April 8, with 1,955 ampules of pentazocine at Kaura Namoda.

In Akwa Ibom, a cross-border drug trafficker, Stanley Chibuzor, 21-year-old was on Friday, April 8, was arrested by officers of the Marine Unit of NDLEA stationed at Oron beach with 11,190 tablets of Tramadol during the outward clearance of passengers traveling to Cameroon.

In Ondo state, a drug dealer who produces and sells Skuchies, Oluwaseun Agboola, 25-year-old was arrested on Thursday, April 7, at his Igoba, Second Gate, Akure residence where 73 bottles of Skuchies weighing 77 kilograms were stocked in his kitchen were recovered.

Skuchies are usually a mixture of Tramadol, Cannabis sativa, Codeine, Black Currant (popularly called Zobo) and water.

In Lagos, an early morning raid in the notorious Akala, Mushin area of the state on Saturday, April 9, led to the seizure of 746.25 kilograms of cannabis.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; editing by Muzha Kucha