New Telegraph

December 8, 2023

Drugs: NDLEA arrests Ghanaian, 2 Nigerians at Enugu, Abuja airports

…2 others arrested with 1m Tramadol in Ondo, Anambra, Kogi


A Ghanaian and two Nigerians have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu respectively for trafficking a total of 9.953kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine.


One of the suspects, Uzoh Johnson was arrested on Wednesday, December 8, at about 5.30pm during an inward screening of Ethiopian Airlines passengers at the Arrival Hall of the airport. Johnson who arrived from Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was controlled and arrested with clothes impregnated with cocaine, which has a gross weight of 6.7 kilograms.


The Agency spokesperson Mr. Femi Babafemi in a statement yesterday said, when Johnson was being interviewed by narcotic officers, he said he was given the consignment by his enabler based in Brazil for which he would be paid N3million upon successful delivery to someone in Nigeria.


Meanwhile, another trafficker, 53-year-old Udeh Charley was arrested at the Enugu airport for ingesting 72 wraps of Cocaine weighing 1.253kilograms.


He was arrested on Friday December 3, during outward screening of Ethiopian Airlines passengers going to Rome, Italy via Addis Ababa. Babafemi said while in custody, he claimed he would have been paid 4000 Euros on successful delivery of the drugs in Italy where he has been living for over 20 years, but attributed his decision to engage in the ignominious trade on downward turn of his business as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.


In a related development, another trafficker, 25-year-old John Kadja, whose father is from Kumasi, Ashanti region of Ghana and mother from Nsukka, Enugu State was arrested on Friday December 3, with 2 kilograms of Methamphetamine during an outward clearance of Qatar Airways from Abuja to Doha at the departure screening area of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. A search on his bag showed that the drug was concealed in a false bottom of his checked in luggage. He said he was travelling to Doha to work as a labourer.

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