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NDLEA Arrests Businessmen, Hotel Attendant For Drug Trafficking

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said it arrested two Lagos businessmen, ThankGod Emenike and Chidike Prince for concealing cocaine and heroin in their bellies on board flight to Hong Kong and France.

Also, the NDLEA arrested one Agbo Tochukwu with a consignment of 58 parcels of skunk weighing 29.10kgs while attempting to board a flight to Oman.

The NDLEA Spokesman, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Babafemi noted that Emenike and Prince were arrested at the Abuja International Airport while Tochukwu was arrested at Lagos Airport.

The statement read in part, “Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested two businessmen at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja, with consignments of cocaine and heroin going to Hong Kong and France concealed in their bellies.

“While 38-year-old ThankGod Chimamkpa Emenike was arrested at the boarding gate of the Abuja airport on Friday 20th October during the outward clearance of passengers on Air France flight 818 to Paris, another passenger, 41-year-old Agbo Chidike Prince was taken into NDLEA custody on Saturday 21st October while attempting to board an Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 950 to Hong Kong via Addis Ababa.

“They were both arrested and detained after their body scan revealed they ingested illicit drugs. After days in custody and a number of excretions, Emenike excreted 72 wraps of heroin weighing 1.171 kilograms, while Chidike discharged 49 pellets of cocaine with a total weight of 998.53 grams. In his statement, Chidike claimed he is a businessman dealing in spare parts at the Alaba International market in the Ojo area of Lagos. He added that he was to be paid N3.5 million which he intended to use to import goods from Hong Kong.

Babafemi noted that Tochukwu disclosed that he was working as a hotel attendant in Oman before venturing into drug trafficking.

“In the same vein, NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos on Wednesday 25th October intercepted a Qatar Airways flight passenger going to Oman, Agbo Celestine Tochukwu with a consignment of 58 parcels of skunk weighing 29.10kgs while undergoing processes to board his flight at the terminal 11 of the airport.

“In his statement, Tochukwu claimed he relocated to Oman on 6th May and has been working as a hotel attendant in Oman before venturing into drug trafficking.”

Similarly, the NDLEA in various operations across the country, intercepted no fewer than 2,197kg of Illicit drugs in Ondo and 541 kg of illicit drugs in Oyo and Lagos.

“Meanwhile, a total of 2,197 kilograms of skunk were recovered in four interdiction operations in parts of Ondo state within four days. While 1,165.5kgs were seized in Uso, Owo LGA on Wednesday 25th October, a consignment of 691kgs were recovered from Ukugu forest in Ipele the previous day, Tuesday 24th October. A suspect, Ifeanyi Abuguja, 32, was arrested with 87kgs of same substance on Monday 23rd October at Agula Road, Ogbese, Akure North LGA, while 253.5kgs were recovered at Ogbese market in Akure North LGA on Thursday 26th October.

“In Oyo state, two suspects: Ayo Dele, 19, and Olaitan Ahmed, 23, were arrested with 160 grams of cannabis at a drug joint at Nalende area of Ibadan metropolis on Sunday 22nd October while a follow-up operation at their warehouse in the same area led to the recovery of 332kgs of the same substance.

“While operatives of the Lagos Command of the Agency intercepted and recovered a vehicle loaded with 209kgs of Loud at Okun Ajah area of the state on Monday 23rd October, their counterparts in Gombe on Saturday 28th October recovered an abandoned consignment of 401 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 392kgs and 21,000 capsules of tramadol at Tumfure area of the state.”

In another operation in Edo, 2931 kgs of cannabis sativa were evacuated from a warehouse.

“In the early hours of today, Sunday 29th October, NDLEA operatives in Edo state stormed the Utese forest in Ovia North East LGA, where they evacuated a total of 2,931.3 kilograms of cannabis sativa from a warehouse in the forest,” the statement concluded.

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