Two drug traffickers were caught yesterday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos state.
A statement by the NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, said a preliminary investigation indicated that the suspects wanted to cash in on the Yuletide, thinking there would be laxity in the screening process.
“One of the suspects, 37 year old Achebe Chucks who is an importer of electronics, excreted forty-five (45) wraps of cocaine he ingested weighing 935 grammes while the other suspect, 43 year old Ndukwe Daniel who lives in Athens, excreted five (5) wraps of cocaine weighing 215 grammes. The suspects are currently under investigation.” He added.
Achebe, who deals in electronics, told investigators that a friend contracted him to traffic in cocaine with a promise of N5m after a successful operation.
He said, “I sell electronics at Alaba market. This is my first time of dealing in drugs. My friend in Hong Kong introduced me to cocaine smuggling. He sent the drug to me. The cocaine was in a black polythene bag containing plantain and pineapples.I swallowed the 45 wraps in my toilet without my wife’s knowledge. I was promised the sum of N5m which I had wanted to use in importing electronics. At the airport, they told me that scanning machine indicated that I had drugs on me. That was how I was arrested.
The other suspect, Ndukwe said “I have lived in Athens for over a decade. I lost my job last year and things have been very bad financially. I came to Nigeria to visit my wife and two children. I had no plan to smuggle drugs until a friend called me from Athens that I should bring five wraps of cocaine. Since it is only five wraps I felt it will be an easy task. He sent someone to give me the wraps in Umuahia. I inserted the five wraps in my anus in Lagos but the scanning machine was able to detect it. I feel very sad.”