New methods of concealing drugs by traffickers have been uncovered by narcotics officers at the Mohammed Airport Lagos
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has again stepped-up airport screening with the interception of wraps of white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine hidden in packs of Irish whiskey and wooden frames.
Both consignments of cocaine imported from Brazil were detected by narcotic officials at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
Two persons had been arrested in respect of the seizures. The total weight of the cocaine is 6.64kg with an estimated street value of fifty-nine million naira.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade said that the Agency had intensified surveillance and search operations at all exit and entry points. According to Giade, “in preparation for the end of year the Agency has intensified surveillance and search operations. This is geared towards ensuring that no consignment of drug goes undetected. Adequate preparation has been made to prevent drug trafficking and ultimately enhance security of life and property”.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba gave the names of the suspects as Okwuma Sunday Michael; 31 year old was found in possession of 3.400kg of cocaine hidden inside wooden frames and Nwajagu Chidiebere James, 30 years old was found with 3.240kg of cocaine hidden inside packs of Irish whiskey.
“Okwuma Sunday took off from Guarulhos International Airport São Paulo, Brazil in a South African Airways flight through Johannesburg to Lagos. Nwajagu Chidiebere also left Brazil in an Emirates flight through United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Lagos. Both suspects will soon be charged to court” Garba stated.
Okwuma Sunday told investigators that he was given the drugs by a Nigerian who is like a father to him in Brazil. “I live in São Paulo with my wife and child. I work in a supermarket but my salary is not sufficient to take care of my family. The man that gave me the drug is like a father to me. He used to assist me financially whenever I needed help. When I told him I was home sick because for two years I have not visited Nigeria and he promised to help me. He was the one that bought my ticket and gave me 3,000 dollars.
– Xavier Ndanyongmong