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NDLEA intercepts drug-peddlers en route Liberia, Italy, Turkey

One of the suspects claimed that the desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking.

• August 1, 2021

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has recovered 35 wraps of cocaine from a lady passenger at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.

The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday that the suspect, Okafor Ebere Edith, was arrested on July 31, during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cote d’Ivoire bound for Monrovia, Liberia.

He said the suspect, who tucked pellets of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the airport, was picked up for a search.

This, he said, included questioning where wraps of the illicit drug were found on her.

“During the preliminary interview, the suspect claimed that the desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking,” he said.

Mr Babafemi said the operatives also arrested another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul, at Gate A Departure hall of the MMIA on July 27.

He said the suspect was arrested during outward clearance of Egypt Airline bound to Turkey in possession of 78 grammes of cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaf.

“On the same day, another intending male passenger, Egbon Osarodion, going to Milan, Italy was arrested at the airport’s Gate A Departure hall.

“This was also during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt Airlines. He was found with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethene bag,” he said.

Mr Babafemi further disclosed that NDLEA operatives of the Kontagora Area Command, Niger State, raided a warehouse at Mailefe village.

The spokesman said the operation was carried out on July 29 at a warehouse where suspected drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.

“After a thorough search of the warehouse, 125 bags of Cannabis Sativa were recovered while a man seen praying in front of the house fled into the forest when he sighted the narcotic officers from afar,” he said.

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