NDLEA arrests Uber driver, 2 other suspects with Cocaine at Lagos Airport

*Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency urges the various commands of the agency to remain vigilant and intensify the ongoing offensive against all drug cartels in their areas of responsibility in Nigeria

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have apprehended an Uber driver and two other drug traffickers with Cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

Femi Babafemi, Spokesman of the NDLEA, in a statement Sunday, June 13, 2021, disclosed Lawal Rasheed, the Uber driver, was arrested at the SAHCO export shed of MMIA Tuesday, June 8 as he brought a consignment from his client to a freight forwarder for export to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA

The anti-narcotics agency stated when the package was searched, 150 grammes of cocaine concealed inside two pieces of air freshener were discovered.

The statement also noted that a follow-up operation the following day led to the arrest of Egbo Maduka at his residence Wednesday, June 9.

Investigations have so far confirmed that Egbo is behind the two seizures of 50 grammes of cocaine in hair attachment and another 150 grammes of cocaine concealed in air freshener tin heading to Malabo, said Babafemi.

The NDLEA Spokesman stated the agency made the seizures on 4th and 8th June, 2021 respectively.

According to the regulatory agency, on Friday, June 11, 2021, a male passenger, Udogwu Johnson, on Qatar Airlines from GRU in Brazil, was arrested by the operatives at D-arrival hall, MMIA, Lagos, with nine wraps of cocaine that weighed 300 grammes in his underwear.

Similarly, the NDLEA said Ali Mohammed, a 27-year-old final year Petroleum Engineering student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, in Bauchi State, Northern Nigeria, was arrested with 3.032 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa at a motor park in Iddo, Lagos, following a tip-off Thursday June 10.

During interrogation, the statement noted that Ali, who hails from Nguru, Yobe State but brought up in Lagos, claimed that while on his way to the motor park in Iddo from Obalende where he lives, he met an acquaintance, Ahmed, who upon learning that he was travelling back to ATBU, Bauchi via Kano implored him (the suspect) to help deliver a travel bag containing the seized 3.032 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa to one Ugo who lives in Sabon Gari, Kano.

The suspect, who admitted knowing that the bag contained drugs, however denied receiving or being promised any form of gratification for agreeing to take the drugs to Kano, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, commended the MMIA and Lagos State Commands of the Agency for the feats, while charging the officers and men of the two commands not to rest on their oars.

The NDLEA Chief urged them to remain vigilant and intensify the ongoing offensive against all drug cartels in their areas of responsibility in Nigeria.

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