A suspected drug trafficker, Ibeh Kenneth Ejike, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for allegedly ingesting 87 wraps of cocaine.
The agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, revealed this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
Babafemi said the 41-year-old suspect was arrested on Wednesday, 25th August, 2021, upon his arrival on board an Ethiopian Airline flight 911 from Kigali via Addis Ababa.
The suspect was taken in upon arrival for secondary check during which he tested positive to ingestion of illicit substance.
According to the statement, while under observation, he excreted 87 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.884 kilograms.
Ibeh, who imports cloths for sale, hails from Owerrizikeala village in Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra State, the statement revealed.
Babafemi also said a Lagos based suspected drug dealer, Eze Celestine Okorie, was arrested following the interception of 4.15kilograms of methamphetamine consignment going to London, the United Kingdom at the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on 13th August.
The statement reads: “The drug was concealed in tins of tomato branded ‘sunripe’ and packaged for the driver of a freight forwarding company to deliver at the airport export shed for onward movement to the UK
“Though the freight company’s driver was initially arrested, follow up investigations and subsequent sting operation led to the arrest of the kingpin behind the consignment, Eze Celestine Okorie, at his his Coker, Surulere, Lagos home on Wednesday 25th August, 2021. He hails from Isu village in Onicha LGA, Ebonyi state.
“Meanwhile, raids of drug joints continued across the states in the last week. In Cross River state, one Anietie Attauba was arrested at Idundu community with 9.9 grams of cocaine, while 23-year-old Joy Odey was picked at Nassarawa Bakoko Area of Calabar Municipality LGA on Friday 27th August with 500grams of skunk. On the same day, one Ugwuanyi Chukwujekwu Basil was arrested at AK Divine Park, Harbour Road, Calabar with 2.6kg of cannabis; 10.33grams of cocaine and 30ml of swinol.