Officials of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, have arrested two drug traffickers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos for attempting to export drugs out of the country. The suspects, 59 year old Joseph Oparaji Okechukwu, and 41 year old Austine Ikenna Nnaji, were arrested during the inward screening of passengers.
NDLEA commander at Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, said Okechukwu was arrested when he attempted to board a Turkish airline flight. He excreted 1.105 kg of brownish substances that tested positive for heroin. Nnaji on the other hand was found to have concealed 11.540 kg of marijuana and 490 grams of tramadol in his luggage. H e was arrested while attempting to board an Ethiopian airline flight to Doha, Qatar.
“I am sick and in debt. I did not smuggle drugs deliberately. Since 2015, I have been living in abject poverty to the extent that l cannot take care of my family. This is the handiwork of the devil and I regret everything now.”
“I work as a safety officer in Qatar and I came to Nigeria to visit my parents and make arrangements for my marriage. My friend in Qatar called me and asked me to assist him in bringing some foodstuffs. When the bag was given to me at the airport, I almost rejected it because it was too heavy. Unfortunately, the drugs were detected by NDLEA officers.”