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Ex-prisoner rearrested with 4.56kg of cocaine

A Nigerian man who completed a time in jail for drug trafficking has again been rearrested by Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Port Harcourt International Airport.

Operatives detained Okechukwu Francis Amaechi for concealing 24 parcels of cocaine in 12 tyres of lawn mowers imported into the country from Brazil.

Mr Amaechi, according to the NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, had served his jail term for drug trafficking in that South American country.

A statement signed by Mr Babafemi confirmed that the 45-year-old convict was arrested at the Port Harcourt airport on Saturday, May 7, upon his arrival from Brazil via Doha onboard Qatar Airline flight QR1433.

The statement said preliminary investigations revealed that Mr Amaechi, who had originally been arrested, tried and sentenced in Brazil for drug offences, completed his jail term in March, 2022, after which he decided to return to Nigeria with three new lawn mowers in which he concealed 24 parcels of cocaine weighing 4.56kg.

“Curiously, each parcel concealed in the tyres of the 3 lawn mowers bears some unique inscriptions, which are believed to be means of identification of the owners of the drug,” Mr Babafemi explained.

“The two parcels in one of the tyres of the first lawn mower bears “O LORD” and “HAVE MERCY”.

“The parcels in one of the tyres of the second mower bears the inscription “IN GOD” and “WE TRUST”, while the third mower has “IJIOMA” and “186.6” inscribed on the two parcels hidden in one of its tyres.”

The suspect claimed one of his church members gave him the lawn mowers to deliver to his brother in Port Harcourt.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Tony Okerafor