National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has apprehended six suspected drug traffickers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, with 16.51kg of narcotics.
The drugs include 10.27kg of cannabis, 1.31kg of methamphetamine and 4.93kg of cocaine.
Two of the drug suspects were bringing cocaine from Brazil, two others were taking methamphetamine to Tanzania and South Africa; another was taking cannabis to Doha, Qatar, while the only female among them was going to Madrid, Spain, with cocaine.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Mr. Hamza Umar explained that one of the suspects was found with liquid cocaine in body cream while another excreted wraps of cocaine on board the aircraft.
“We just arrested six suspected drug traffickers with drugs weighing 16.51kg including liquid cocaine. The suspects include Nwodo Chidiebere Anthony found with 3.260kg of liquid cocaine concealed in body cream from Brazil, and Ikebalum Nicholas Ogochukwu who excreted 36 wraps of cocaine weighing 570 grammes on board the aircraft. Madu Michael Okey was caught with 975 grammes of methamphetamine while going to Tanzania.
“Attempt by Nnadobe Obiora Anthony to smuggle 335 grammes of methamphetamine to South Africa failed. Okoye Kelvin was found smuggling 10.27kg of cannabis to Doha while the only female suspect, Nwaokolo Gladys Omari was caught exporting 1.670kg of cocaine to Madrid,” Hamza stated.
In their statements, the suspects gave various reasons why they got involved in drug trafficking.
Madu Michael Okey, 54 years old, described himself as a novice in drug trafficking.
Nwaokolo Gladys Omari, 32 years old mother of three children, said “the most painful aspect of my arrest is that I told my friend to look after my children for a few days. By my calculation, I thought I could quickly smuggle the drugs to Spain and return within one week. I felt so bad when the drug was detected at the airport.”
Ikebalum Nicholas Ogochukwu, 31 years old, said that his problem started when he excreted cocaine while on the flight.
Nnodebe Obiora Anthony, 32 years old, said that a friend gave him a bag of foodstuff to send to South Africa and he was arrested following the discovery of drugs in the bag.
In the words of Nnodebe who hails from Anambra State, “a friend gave me a bag to send to South Africa. When I got to the Airport, eleven sachets of methamphetamine were found inside the foodstuff. That was how I got involved. Now I am suffering alone while my friend is on the run.”

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