By Sarah NEGEDU
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, have arrested a Nigerian, Okey Eze, with 350 wraps of cocaine worth over N2.3 billion in street value.
The 38-year-old Eze from Orji River in Oji-River Local Government Area of Enugu State was arrested last Wednesday, September 22, 2021, during an inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian airline flight 911 enroute Bamako-Addis Ababa-Abuja.
Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said the illicit drug weighing 7.70kg 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 in 2019.
Babafemi said, “He further claimed that he came into Nigeria with the drug because he needed to raise money to take care of his late elder brothers’ four children.
“The suspect also claimed he asked his friend who is resident in Brazil to assist him with some money but that he 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.”