The Nigerian Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday announced the seizure of cocaine worth 2.7 billion naira at Abuja International Airport.
Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA made the announcement in a statement.
According to him, “A 32-year-old Liberian-based drug trafficker Maduabuchi Chinedu was arrested at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja by agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, with 9.30 kilograms. of cocaine. worth over 2.7 billion naira in market value.
“The suspect from Obaha Okigwe village, Okigwe local government area in Imo State, lives in Liberia where he works as a miner.
“He was arrested during a joint search of Ethiopian Airlines flight 911 at Abuja airport on Wednesday November 24, 2021 with 9.30 kg of cocaine, each pellet wrapped in candy and concealed in his luggage .
“During his preliminary interview, Chinedu said he left Nigeria in 2018 to settle in Liberia where he now has a residence permit.
He added, however, that economic pressure and the need to raise funds to treat his mother for an eye problem led him to seek help from a friend in Liberia who introduced him to another friend based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who eventually gave him the drug to be delivered to Abuja in the amount of N1 million.
“He added that he was originally supposed to deliver the drug to Côte d’Ivoire, but was rerouted to Nigeria at the last minute.”
While congratulating the officers and men of the agency’s NAIA command for their vigilance and their work in synergy with other airport security agencies, the NDLEA President and CEO, Brigadier. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) instructed them, as well as their colleagues from other commands, to always stay one step ahead of the merchants of death who every day seek more desperately to earn money at the expense of the image of the country and the well-being of Nigerians.
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