NDLEA arrest drug trafficker with cocaine worth N2.3b at Abuja airport
Okey Eze, a Nigerian drug trafficker, was arrested, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with 350 wraps of cocaine worth over N2.3billion.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Director Media and advocacy NDLEA headquarters Abuja, Mr Femi Babafemi, adding that the suspect claims to be a tiler by profession when interrogated.
The statement reads: “The 38-year-old Eze, from Oji River in Oji-River Local Government area of Enugu State was arrested on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, during an inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian airline flight number 911 en route Bamako-Addis Ababa.
“The illicit drug weighing 7.70kilograms was concealed in eight packs tucked in different parts of his luggage.
“In his confession, Eze, a resident of Bamako, Mali, said he travelled to Mali through Seme border in Badagry, Lagos state since 2019. He further claimed that he came into Nigeria with the drug because he needed to raise money to take care of his late elder brother’s four children.
“The suspect also claimed he asked his friend who is resident in Brazil to assist him with some money but declined and instead told him to pick up a bag with the drugs from a friend of his in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a fee of N500, 000 on successful delivery to someone whose contact would be sent to him on arrival in Nigeria.”
NDLEA Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd) has commended the Commander, officers and men of the NAIA command for their vigilance.