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Brazil returnee arrested with cocaine in private part

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a Nigerian man, Igwedum Uche Benson with cocaine concealed in his private part.

NDLEA spokesman,Femi Babafemi in a statement on Sunday said the suspect, a Brazil returnee, was nabbed at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday, June 20, upon his arrival on Ethiopian Airlines from Sao Paulo, via Addis Ababa.

Preliminary investigations revealed the suspect had swallowed 50 wraps of cocaine before departing Brazil and excreted 48 pellets in Addis Ababa, where he handed them over to another person.

Mr Mr Babafemi said the suspect, Mr Benson, claimed he was unable to excrete the remaining two wraps at the hotel room in Addis Ababa before boarding his flight but later excreted them in the aircraft restroom during the flight from Ethiopia to Lagos.

Giving a breakdown of other arrests, the NDLEA spokesman said the operatives also arrested Onyekachi Chukwuma Macdonald as he attempted to export 40 parcels of Methamphetamine, popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri locally, to London, United Kingdom.

o”Operatives of the MMIA Command of NDLEA, after three weeks of tracking, on Saturday night, 25th June arrested a drug kingpin, Onyekachi Chukwuma Macdonald behind attempts to export 40 parcels of Methamphetamine popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri locally to London, United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport,”Mr Babafemi explained.

He said operatives at the Lagos airport, on Friday, June 24, intercepted 500,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg packed in 10 cartons and labeled Tramaking imported from Karachi, Pakistan on Emirates Airline.

According to him, the consignment, weighing 407.60kg, was seized during a joint examination with Customs and NAFDAC officials.

Mr Babafemi also reported that on the same day, a Dubai-bound passenger, Alegbeleye Taiwo was arrested at the departure hall of the MMIA with 40 ampoules of pentazocine injection.

Another two suspects behind the importation of two recent drug consignments from Canada, concealed in vehicle containers through the Tincan seaport in Apapa, Lagos, were arrested by NDLEA operatives.

According to him, 1 of the suspects, Gboyega Ayoola Elegbeji was arrested at his house at 14 Bakare Street, Idi Araba, Lagos on Wednesday June 22, for importing a 40ft container TRHU7874497 containing 33 parcels of cannabis Indica (Colorado), weighing16.5kg.

The second suspect, Sunday Joe Oyebola, (aka Otunba) was arrested on Thursday June 23.

The suspect, according to Mr Babafemi, is linked to the importation of a 40ft container MEDU4389887 containing four vehicles used to conceal 290 parcels weighing 145kg cannabis Indica (Colorado) from Montreal, Canada.

The He added that Mr Oyebola had been on the run since March and had in the course of the investigation attempted to bribe officers with N10 million to influence the case.

Writing by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor