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NDLEA nabs ex-footballer with wraps of cocaine

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested an ex-footballer, Okafor Emmanuel Junior, at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The ex-footballer was arrested on his arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on board an Ethiopian airlines flight with 1.40kg of cocaine concealed in his bags whose top edges were padded with the class A drug.

NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said during preliminary interview,Okafor disclosed that he was an ex-footballer with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu FC, where he played for four seasons before leaving for Sri Lanka in 2014. 

He said he moved to Brazil from Sri Lanka after playing for two seasons but could not advance his football career in Brazil due to lack of official documents.

Another Brazil returnee, Ibeh Chinedu Damian, was arrested the same day upon his arrival at the Lagos airport from São Paulo, Brazil, via Ethiopian airlines flight.

Ibeh was found to have concealed 3.20kg black cocaine popularly known as ‘Lucci’ in false bottoms of his two bags.

According to him, he was to be paid N3,100,000 on successful delivery of the drug in Nigeria.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Fany Olumoye, Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor