NDLEA seizes heroin worth N4.5bn concealed in baby food at Lagos Airport

*The anti-narcotics regulatory agency says the illegal consignment, concealed in packs of Nestle Cerelac baby food from South Africa weighed 23.55 kilograms

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operatives have intercepted 22 blocks of heroin, with street value of over N4.5 billion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.

ConsumerConnect reports the information is contained in a statement Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA, issued Sunday, July 3, 2022, in Abuja, FCT.

Heroin, also known as diacetylmorphine and diamorphine among other names, has been described as “an opioid used as a recreational drug for its euphoric effects.”

Medical grade diamorphine is used as a pure hydrochloride salt. Various white and brown powders sold illegally around the world as heroin have variable “cuts”.

Babafemi disclosed the illegal consignment, concealed in packs of Nestle Cerelac baby food, weighed 23.55 kilograms.

The NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy also stated the consignment came from Johannesburg, in South Africa, on board South African Airways (SAA) flight of June 29.

This was a part of consolidated cargo that arrived the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc, SAHCO, import shed of the Lagos airport, said Babafemi.

He further noted: “After series of follow-up operations that led to the arrest of two freight agents, the actual receiver of the drug consignment was Chike Eweni.

“Eweni who distributes the substance for his South Africa based partner was arrested the following day, Thursday, June 30, at a logistics warehouse in Ajao Estate, Ikeja.”

He stated: “The suspect who hails from Anaocha LGA, Anambra, claims, during preliminary interview that he is also into fish farming.”

According to Babafemi, the NDLEA officers at the airport Monday, June 27, had arrested a former driver with a public transport company, BRT, Muyiwa Bolujoko, for ingesting 90 pellets of cocaine before the arrest of Eweni.

Bolujoko, he said, was arrested at the screening point before boarding a Qatar Airways flight, en route Doha to Sharjah, with his trip, expected to terminate in Dubai, UAE.

The 39-year-old man from Ijebu South LGA, in Ogun State, was placed under excretion observation after body scan result confirmed drug ingestion.

Babafemi as well stated: “While in custody, the suspect excreted all the 90 pellets in four excretions.

“He claimed he left his N60,000 per month job as BRT driver in February, and decided to work as drug courier, to raise funds to buy a shuttle bus popularly called ‘Korope’ in Lagos to continue his transport business.”

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