Vietnam-bound Businessman Nabbed With Cocaine Consignment At Abuja Airport


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have intercepted a 40-year-old businessman with 1.45 kilograms of cocaine concealed in his luggage.

The suspect, Ejike Chibuke Solomon, was arrested at Abuja airport on Saturday, March 2, 2024, while attempting to board an Ethiopia Airlines flight number 950 to Vietnam via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja.

Solomon was nabbed after NDLEA officers subjected him to a thorough search, and in the process, discovered the illicit substance concealed, factory-fitted, in his bag. In his statement, the suspect claimed he was on a business trip to Vietnam.

Meanwhile, operatives of a special unit of the anti-narcotics agency on Friday 1st March, swooped in on members of a syndicate that deals in methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin in their hideouts in parts of Lagos.

The operatives assigned for the operation raided the home of Esimone Amachukwu Christopher at 14 Arochukwu street, Ejigbo, where 10.012 kilograms of methamphetamine was found in possession of his associate, 40-year-old Evelyn Nneka Okem. Esimone is currently at large.

While the Ejigbo operation was going on, another set of officers was simultaneously busy in the residence of another member of the syndicate, 45-year-old Ebele Edwin Iwuegbunam, located at Plot 1604 Close D, 4th Avenue, Festac town, Lagos, where they arrested him and recovered 429.5grams of cocaine and 7 kilograms of heroin.

In Kogi state, NDLEA officers on a stop and search operation along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway on Friday 1st March, intercepted a commercial bus marked GRM 347XA (Borno) conveying 28 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 11kg, 100 bottles of codeine-based cough syrup and 500 tablets of diazepam, all concealed in three plastic drums covered with cattle fats, heading to Jos Plateau State.

In the same vein, operatives in Ogun State on Thursday 29th February recovered 169kg consignment of cannabis abandoned in a truck at Sagamu tollgate, their counterparts in Lagos seized 25 cartons of tramadol containing 325,000 pills in Ikeja the previous day Wednesday 28th February.

Same day, a suspect, Abdullahi Garba Khalil, 42, and 2,745,000 capsules of pregabalin recovered from him at Singer market, Sabon Gari area of Kano were handed over to the Kano State command of NDLEA by the Department of State Security, DSS.

Similarly, the 243 Recce Battalion, Nigerian Army, Badagry on Saturday 2nd March 2024 transferred 27 sacks of cannabis sativa weighing 1,110kg to the Seme Special Area Command of NDLEA. The sacks were recovered at a coastal community, Ajido. Also, a suspect, Hassan Muhammad, 34, was on Saturday 2nd March arrested with 44,950 pills of tramadol at Moranti area of Borno state by NDLEA operatives.

In Abia State, NDLEA operatives on Thursday 28th February raided a drug joint at Cemetery Barracks, Aba, where Ifeanyi Uche, 37, was arrested with different quantities of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. Another raid was carried out at the abandoned Eyimba Hotel, Ogbor Hill, Aba, where illicit substances were seized and suspects arrested on Friday 1st March.

Mr. Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA spokesman, said, in a statement issued on Sunday, that the various Commands of the Agency across the country have, with the same zeal, continued with the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy campaign in the past week.

Some of them include WADA sensitisation lecture for students and teachers of Fobin Primary and Secondary School, Idiroko, Seme, Lagos; Army Barracks Grammar School, Mokola, Ibadan, Oyo State; State Model Secondary School, Awka, Anambra State; Government Girls Secondary School, Okumgba-Ama, Ogoloma, Okrika, Rivers State and leaders and residents of Lapan community, Gombe State, among others.

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