Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a suspected drug trafficker, Okafor Ebere Edith, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos State with 35 wraps of cocaine found in her underwear.
She was arrested on Saturday during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire, to Monrovia, Liberia at the MMIA.
In a statement issued on Sunday by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA‘s spokesman, the suspect who allegedly tucked the pellets of cocaine in her underwear planned to beat security checks at the Airport but luck ran out of her as she was detected and picked up for search and questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her.
“During a preliminary interview, she claimed her desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking,” Babafemi said.
Elsewhere, operatives of the agency from Kontagora Area Command in the early hours of Thursday, July 29, 2021, raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state, where drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.
According to Babafemi, 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.
Chairman and Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the commanders, officers and men of the MMIA and Niger state commands of the Agency for their continued efforts in tracking down traffickers of illicit drugs in their areas of responsibility.
He charged them and their counterparts in other commands to remain focused and resolute in pursuit of the goal to rid Nigeria of illicit substances and drug-related criminality.