A Lebanese Yves Awad, 23, has been apprehended with 260 grammes of cocaine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
A 23- year- old Lebanese Yves Awad has been apprehended with 260 grammes of cocaine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
The drug was hidden inside his boxer shorts during the outward screening of passengers on Middle East Airline flight at the weekend. The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade who commended the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) over the arrest disclosing that it was an intelligence based.
The intelligence that led to the arrest of the suspect, was supplied by FAAN to the NDLEA. The arrest occurred during the outward screening of passengers on Middle East Airline flight. The NDLEA boss who commended the cordial working relationship between the NDLEA and FAAN called for a deeper synergy among government agencies.
In his words, “I must commend the management of FAAN for the role it played in this arrest. This synergy among government agencies should be encouraged in the interest of national peace and development” Giade stated. NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr Hamza Umar said the case is being investigated.
“A 23 year old Lebanese has been apprehended with 260grammes of cocaine. The drug was hidden inside his boxer shorts. I am happy that FAAN assisted us in making this arrest. When the drug was field tested, it proved positive for cocaine.
The suspect holds a dual citizenship of Nigeria and Lebanon. He was found to have traveled to Nigeria from Lebanon six times since January 2015. The case is under investigation” Hamza stated. The suspect in his statement said that a friend asked him to buy the drug for him. “I was born in Lagos and I attended Lebanese Community School Yaba Lagos.
After my secondary education in Nigeria, I got admission to study my A levels at Notre Dame University in Lebanon. My friend in Lebanon gave me money to buy cocaine for him. At the airport, the drug was detected and I was arrested and taken to NDLEA office.The drug was tested and it was found to be cocaine”.
The suspect will soon be charged to court for unlawful possession and exportation of cocaine. If he is found guilty by the court, he could spend the next 15 years in prison custody