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NDLEA arrests 3 foreigners for drug trafficking

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested two Pakistani businessmen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos with 8 kilograms of cocaine concealed in a public address system while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahole, Pakistan via Doha.

The suspects, Asif Muhammed, 45 and Hussain Naveed, 57, who hold Nigerian residence permits suspected to be fake are frequent travelers to Nigeria under the guise of doing textile business.

In a statement, the spokesman for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi says the suspected traffickers were arrested on Saturday at the Lagos airport barely a week after they came to Nigeria.

The statement notes that the NDLEA operatives at the SAHCO import shed of the airport on Friday 4th November seized 13 cartons of Tramadol 225mg and 200mg imported from Karachi, Pakistan.

According to the NDLEA, the consignment has a total weight of 465.10kg and 642,800 pills of the pharmaceutical opioid.

It says its officers on patrol in Katsina state, at Malumfashi-Zaria road, arrested a blind man, Bukar Haruna, 52, and his son Saka Haruna, 30 while heading to Niger republic with 20.5kg cannabis and 10 grams of exol-5.

The statement notes that Bukar Haruna hails from Damagram area of Niger republic.

According to the statement, NDLEA, on Thursday, also intercepted a consignment of different illicit drugs such as Cannabis, Cocaine and Methamphetamine as well as Tramadol 225mg and Rohyphnol concealed in footwears and soap packs going to UAE, Dubai.

It says one 32-year-old Oladitan Serah Olufunmilayo who presented the consignment for export was arrested.

Writing by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade/Annabel Nwachukwu