A 33-year-old welder, Ibe Divine, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for attempting to smuggle 2.485kg of cannabis to Qatar.
Ibe, who is married with two children, was nabbed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos. During interrogation, however, he told officials of the agency that he ventured into the trade with the hope of making “high profit” when he sells the cannabis in Qatar.
A statement on Friday by NDLEA’s Head of Public Affairs, Mitchell Ofoyeju, said Ibe, who hails from Imo State, said he was a labourer before he saw an avenue to make more money.
The statement quoted him as saying, “I am a welder but I have been working in Qatar as a labourer. I bought the cannabis for N15,000 here in anticipation of making very high profit from it in Doha. In all, l had ten parcels hidden inside jeans trousers in my luggage. Somehow, the drug was detected and I was arrested.”
Also, a Lagos based electrician, Oluwasheto Abiodun, 39, was also arrested at the Lagos airport by officials of the agency for being in possession of 2.035kg of cocaine, which, according to the statement, he was planning to send to Nairobi, Kenya.
Abiodun, a single parent of one who hails from Ondo State, told officials that he was asked to send the drug to Nairobi by his childhood friend. He was quoted as saying, “My childhood friend asked me to buy perfumes, sun glasses and shirts for him. After I bought the items, he then called that somebody would give me cassava flour to add and send to Nairobi in Kenya. During search operation at the airport, two parcels of cocaine weighing 2.035 was hidden inside the flour. This was what led to my arrest.”
Meanwhile, officials of the agency have also discovered 6.158kg of heroin abandoned on the conveyor belt at the arrival hall of the airport.
Ofoyeju said in the statement that the consignment which originated from Pakistan was left unclaimed on the conveyor belt during the inward screening of passengers on Etihad Airways flight.
The NDLEA commander at the airport, Ahmadu Garba, was quoted as saying that the abandoned heroin was hidden inside a bag of clothes in an abandoned luggage.
Speaking, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd.) said the agency had launched a manhunt for the importers of the abandoned heroin and that they would soon be exposed.
While calling on members of the public to help the agency with useful information on the activities of drug barons in their communities, he assured them that the agency would continue to improve its capability in screening, drug detection, arrest and in the prosecution of drug barons. He added that Abiodun and Ibe would soon be charged to court.
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