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Drug Trafficking: NDLEA arrests Paris-bound ‘businessman’ with 93 wraps of Heroin at Abuja Airport

'Businessman' Sherif Egbo Arested by NDLEA Photo: NDLEA

*The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s operatives at the NAHCO imports shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), in Lagos, also seize a consignment of 10 cartons containing 500,000 pills of tramadol 225mg branded as tapentadol

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In advancing its offensive against drug trafficking and substance abuse for a drugs-free Nigerian society, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested certain Sherif Egbo, a 40-year-old ‘businessman’,  at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, FCT.

Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA, who disclosed this development in a statement Sunday, October 22, 2023, noted that a body scanner revealed that Egbo had wraps of illicit drugs in his stomach.

Babafemi said the anti-narcotics regulatory agency’s operatives arrested the suspect October 14 while attempting to board an Air France flight to Paris, France.

The agency’s operatives has discovered that Egbo ingested illicit drugs before his arrest.

The Spokesperson also stated: “He was subsequently, placed under observation at the agency’s exhibit recovery room where he excreted 93 pellets of heroin weighing 2.222 kilogrammes.

“In his statement, the suspect claimed he works at a chicken hatchery farm in Madrid, Spain, and also in the drug trafficking business.”

In a related development, NDLEA operatives at the NAHCO imports shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, in Lagos State, also seized a consignment of 10 cartons containing 500,000 pills of tramadol 225mg branded as tapentadol on Monday, October 16.

Shipped from India through Qatar Airways with airway bill number MAWB 319-01227236, the cargo was purported to be a transit cargo to Monrovia, Liberian capital.

“However, the lid was blown open through partnership and real-time intelligence-sharing mechanisms between NDLEA and its Liberian counterpart,” stated Babafemi.

Similarly, NDLEA said  it’s operatives thwarted an attempt by an intending passenger, Ngene Chinecherem, to Muscat, Oman on Qatar Airways, to export 11.100kgs of skunk and 600 grams of tramadol concealed in foodstuffs.

The agency disclosed the operatives arrested Chinecherem at the Lagos Airport, and seized the illicit substances.

Likewise, in Imo State, NDLEA operatives intercepted a Mercedes Benz container truck marked ABN 418 YN parked in an isolated area along the Owerri-Onitsha Expressway Sunday, October 15.

A search of the abandoned truck led to the recovery of 168 bags of skunk weighing 1,854 kilograms.

According to NDLEA, less than 1,381.3kgs of the same substance were confiscated in four interdiction operations in parts of Edo State, including Ekpon community, Igueben LGA; Iguiye forest, in Ovia North East LGA; Iruekpen, Ndokwa West where a suspect, Monday Nwocha was arrested; and in Egwalor village in Onwude LGA where the duo of Obune Prince and Chika Obi were arrested and their Audi 80 salon car marked BEN 406 CL loaded with cannabis sativa, recovered.

In Kano State, an ex-convict, Aminu Suleiman, 46, was arrested along with Haruna Abdurrahaman, 41, and Ojo Esezobor, 34, at Gadar Tamburawa area of the state on Saturday, October 14 while 106kgs of cannabis were recovered from them. The NDLEA noted that Aminu was first arrested with 22kgs of cannabis on June 3, 2022, and was convicted by the court on November 24, 2022.

Four other suspects – Inusa Ali, Yahaya Musa, Abba Audu, Ali Abubakar, and Bunu Kyari were also arrested at Gadar Tamburawa area of Kano, Monday, October 26 for dealing in 75.3kgs of skunk.

Operatives of the Zone J Command of the NDLEA seized 478kgs of cannabis in a forest in Ikere Ekiti, Friday, October 20 recovered a total of 928kgs of the same substance in a bush by Shagari market, along Ifon-Owo express road, and Ibola camp, Ipele forest in Ondo State.

In Borno State, a suspect, Sani Mohammed, was nabbed Saturday, October 21, with 182kgs of cannabis at Njimtilo, along Maiduguri – Damaturu Road.

In another operation, NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOGI), attached to courier companies Sunday, October 15, intercepted 1kg methamphetamine concealed in containers of body cream going to New Zealand as well as another consignment of 2.5kgs cocaine and phenacetin hidden in walls of a carton heading to Saudi Arabia.

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