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Man arrested while trying to smuggle drugs to UK

In his interview, the drug trafficker Obiorah claimed he was into shoe sales in Lagos before venturing into the illicit drug business. Photo: NDLEA

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), through interdiction operations, have arrested a suspected drug trafficker for attempts to ship illicit drug consignments to the United Kingdom.

This also led to the seizure of four tons of illicit substances.

The agency spokesman, Mr. Femi Babafemi in a statement says the trafficker, Obiorah Chigozie Samuel has been on the wanted list of the agency since September 15, 2023, when a consignment of 1.500 kg of skunk concealed in flour going to London, UK, was intercepted at the SAHCO export shed of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja Lagos, and his freight agent, Nworah Adaugo Precious, was arrested.

Convinced that the 1.500kg consignment had sailed through, Babafemi said, Obiorah walked into the agency’s dragnet on Thursday, September 28th, when he personally brought another tranche of 2.00kg concealed in cartons to the airport for shipment to the UK.

Giving a breakdown of other activities across the country, the agency’s spokesman disclosed that in Kano, a septuagenarian, Ado Mai Unguwa, was arrested on Saturday, September 30th, with 143.2 kg of skunk in Dindere village, Tofa LGA, while operatives in Enugu recovered 110.6 kg of the same substance from a locked-up shop at Aria New Market.

Also, operatives in Lagos stormed the notorious Idi-Oro drug enclave in Mushin on September 30th, where they seized 212.5 kg of cannabis sativa belonging to a wanted drug trafficker.

In Borno State, a Chadian, Mohammed Ibrahim, 25, was nabbed at the Mafa checkpoint with 11.8 kg of same substance on Monday, September 25th.

Writing by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Julian Osamoto