Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 48-year-old Iloduba Augustine, a passenger of Ethiopian airline that arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on new year eve after excreting pellets of cocaine.
The suspect was placed on observation during which he confessed to have swallowed 58 pellets of cocaine.
He said that the suspect excreted 48 pellets which were delivered to a Kenyan while on transit in Addis Ababa for a fee of N1 million.
The suspect says he continues his journey to Nigeria with the remaining 10 pellets in his stomach, which according to him, he intends to sell in Lagos.
“The wraps of cocaine were later excreted at 10:40a.m. on New Year day, Jan. 1,” NDLEA said.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, also said that operatives arrested 23-year-old Simon Richard, a 500 level student of the Department of Agric Economics and Extension, Federal University of Technology, Minna in Niger State.
Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested at Gidan Kwano Talba road, Minna with different quantities of Loud and Tramadol on Jan. 6.
He said that a 21-year-old lady, Shidoo Ben, was also arrested with 14 pinches of crack cocaine at Jada Hotel Otukpo in Benue State on Jan 7.
“She travelled from Abuja to sell the drug in Benue. This is even as a raid in Jigbele Lota camp, Owo area of Ondo State led to the recovery of 598kg cannabis and the arrest of Chukwuemeka Azi on Jan. 6.
“In Ogun State, two suspects: Mrs Ajoke Samuel, 60, and Ogundairo Taye, 37, were arrested in Itaka and Odo Eran areas of Abeokuta North with different quantities of cannabis sativa.
“Two suspects, Ibrahim Adamu and Yahaya Mohammed were nabbed with 81kg cannabis along Ilorin-Jebba expressway on Jan. 4,” he said.
Also three siblings: Emmanuel Jajoang; Timothy Jajoang and Markus Jajoang were arrested on Jan. 6, at Kwakwi village, Riyom LGA with different quantities of cannabis and a locally made pistol.
“At least, two suspects again: Sunny Daniel and Joseph Chukwube were arrested in different parts of Rivers state with quantities of Methamphetamine; Heroin; Cannabis Sativa and Cocaine as well as N364,500 cash on Jan. 6.
“In Delta State, NDLEA operatives supported by soldiers on Wednesday Jan. 5. raided a warehouse in Abbi town, Ndokwa West LGA.
“Two variants of cannabis; Loud and skunk weighing 56.5kg believed to be imported from a neighbouring country as well as two suspects: Miss Lillian Echicheli and Collins Uzokwe were seized,” he said.