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Drug Trafficking: NDLEA intercepts N8bn cocaine, arrests ‘drug lord’ at Lagos Airport

*The drug kingpin’s group is suspected to be responsible for recruiting traffickers to move illicit drugs to various destinations, using Nigeria as their transit location, and also planting drugs in the luggage of innocent travellers in the country

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

As part of its renewed offensive against drug trafficking and associated negative socio-economic consequences on the Nigerian society, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku, a Brazil-based drug kingpin, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy at the NDLEA Headquarters Abuja, FCT, who disclosed this development in a statement, said the agency intercepted the drug kingpin with 36 blocks of cocaine, weighing 27.95 kilogrammes valued at over N8billion.

The EFCC said: “The drug lord, Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku, who leads a syndicate was arrested at the airport on Friday, 14th May, 2021, for importing 27.95kg of cocaine, using their organised criminal gang, which specialises in tagging/planting drugs in innocent travellers’ luggage.

“Based on intelligence, narcotic agents at the MMIA had on Saturday, 8th May, 2021 intercepted a bag that arrived the Lagos airport from GRU, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the Ethiopian airline with baggage tag No- ET331199 but was disclaimed by an arriving passenger on the flight.”

Babafemi noted that “the disclaimed bag was promptly secured by NDLEA operatives for investigation.

“On Sunday, 9th May, 2021, a man came to the airport to make inquiry on how to get the disclaimed bag released. He was promptly arrested for investigation.

The statement said: “The disclaimed bag was opened in the presence of the arriving passenger and the man who came to negotiate the release of the disputed bag, where 36 blocks of cocaine, weighing 27.95kg was found.

“A follow up operation was carried out, which led to the arrest of Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku, the prime suspect, on Friday 14th May upon his arrival from Addis Ababa onboard Ethiopian airline.”

According to the agency, during preliminary interrogation after his arrest, “he confessed to have been contracted by his Ethiopian associate who is a notorious drug baron to claim and push out the consignment in Lagos.

He further admitted to have paid the $24,500 bribe in three tranches to compromise NDLEA officers.

The first was $10,000 delivered through his representative in Lagos and another $10, 000 via his First Bank account while the third tranche of $4,500 was paid at the point of his arrest.”

“His group is suspected to be responsible for recruiting traffickers to move illicit drugs to various destinations using Nigeria as their transit location, and also planting drugs in the luggage of innocent travellers.”

In his comment on the incident, Brig.-General Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd.), Chief Executive of NDLEA, who was impressed by the outcome of the intelligence-led operational strategies that took weeks of painstaking efforts and closely monitored, commended Ahmadu Garba, Commander, MMIA Command of the agency, his officers and men for their diligence and resilience in following up every lead in the case until the kingpin was successfully entrapped and arrested.

“I have warned that henceforth, not only go after the traffickers but also with the same vigour, target the cartels and the kingpins that operate them,” said the NDLEA Chief.

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