NDLEA seizes 15.6kg meth, loud, cocaine consignment, arrests 4

Emmanuel Orjinze, one of the suspects


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has busts drug trafficking syndicate at Lagos airport, arrests four, seized 15.6kg meth, loud, intercepts cocaine consignment in paint buckets going to United Kingdom.

It also arrested a 48-year-old Paris, France-bound businessman, Emmanuel Orjinze for ingesting 111 wraps of cocaine, which he excreted after days of observation in the agency’s custody following his arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja.

NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi in a statement on Sunday, said: “Okechukwu who also claims he is a professional footballer in Europe was arrested on May 21, during the outward clearance of Airfrance flight AF 878 from Abuja to Paris, France.”

The statement, said: “After a body scan confirmed he ingested illicit drugs, he was taken into custody where he excreted a total of 111 pellets of cocaine that weighed 1.603 kilograms over a period of three days.

“The suspect claimed he does business in the maritime sector while still scouting for any European football club to engage him.

“In the same vein, NDLEA officers operating at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja Lagos have dismantled another drug trafficking syndicate at the airport.

“This followed the arrest of four members of the network and the seizure of a total of 8kg of methamphetamine and 7.60kg of Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis imported from South Africa.

Chinedu Nwaosu, one of the suspects

“The lid was blown off the syndicate when an official within the airport system was intercepted with a backpack and a bag at the departure hall of Terminal 1 of the airport by NDLEA officers with the support of Aviation Security officers on May 21, 2024.

“A search of the bags led to the discovery of the illicit substances.

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“A swift follow-up operation at Ajao Estate area of Lagos led to the arrest of two other members of the syndicate: Chris Nwadozie and Chinedu Nwaosu.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of another member of the cartel working within the airport system on May 25.

Zekere Sufianu, one of the suspects

“In a related development, NDLEA operatives at the NAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport have arrested a freight agent, Sonubi Abiodun over her attempt to cargo 8 parcels of cocaine weighing 2kg concealed in three out of six paint buckets containing shea butter packaged for export to the United Kingdom on May 22.

“In another part of Lagos, precisely at Igbo Elerin in Ojo local government area, NDLEA officers on May 21, arrested a suspect, Odumegwu Obijofor producing and distributing skuchies, a mixture of black currant and illicit drugs.

“No fewer than 2,480 litres of the New Psychoactive Substance, NPS, were recovered from his clandestine factory when he was arrested.

“In Cross River state, while Ogar Emmanuel, was arrested with 2.5kg of cannabis at Ukpada Utugwan village, 29 sacks of the same substance weighing 290kg were recovered from the warehouse of another suspect, Usani Ikpi, who is currently at large.

Ezekiel Munda, Sule Mustapha and other suspects

“Three suspects: Sa’adu Sule, 23; Mukhtar Nura, 23; and Hamza Nura, 18, were nabbed at Jabiri Funtua, Katsina state on May 24, with 129 blocks of cannabis weighing 70kg coming from Ogere, Ogun state.

“No fewer than five suspects including: Ezekiel Munda, 30; and Sule Mustapha, 21, were arrested by NDLEA operatives on May 23, during raids at Karu Abattoir, Jikwoyi and Tora Bora hill area of FCT, Abuja, where 95.01kg of cannabis and different quantities of opioids were recovered from them.

“In Edo state, operatives arrested a physically challenged notorious drug dealer, Zekere Sufianu, 45, at Auchi town on May 22.

“At the time of his arrest, he was found with 751 grams of Loud, 178 grams of tramadol and pills of swinol,” the statement added.

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