Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a student and four others for suspected drug trafficking.
They suspects were caught at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA Lagos over unlawful possession of 10.255kgs of narcotics hidden in garri, West African food made from cassava, and luggage.
Two of the drug suspects were coming from Brazil with cocaine while three others were going to South Africa, Dubai and Pakistan when they were arrested.
NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, Mr. Ahmadu Garba, gave the names of those apprehended and the drugs found in their possession as Okonkwo Daniel Anagor, Lawal Monsuru Ademola, Ogbonna Donatus Chigozie, Okoro Chibueze Augustine and Okpue Ernest Ifeanyi.
According to him, “26 year old student Okonkwo Daniel Anagor, was caught with 2.810kgs of Tramadol on his way to Dubai, Lawal Monsuru Ademola, 33-year-old trader was arrested with 3.310kgs of methamphetamine on his way to South Africa while Ogbonna Donatus Chigozie was caught attempting to smuggle 610 grammes of cocaine to Pakistan.
“Two other suspects, Okoro Chibueze Augustine and Okpue Ernest Ifeanyi were caught with 2.575kgs and 950 grammes of cocaine from Brazil.”
Okonkwo David Anagor, who was to board Rwandan Air flight to Dubai, told investigators that he wanted to spend some time after his secondary school and further his education in Dubai, but regretted that this has been scuttled following his arrest and the charges which are likely to be preferred against him for drugs exportation.
“I was travelling to Dubai to spend holiday and further my studies but they called me from Dubai that somebody will give me Garri in Lagos. When I got to Lagos, the person called me and gave me the bag of Garri. This is my first time of travelling outside the country. At the airport, the Garri was searched and 445 sachets of Tramadol were found inside the bag”.
Lawal Monsuru Ademola, is a trader selling clothes at Marina Lagos. He holds a diploma in Computer Installations and Repairs at the Lagos State Polytechnic. His journey to South Africa was aborted as 3.310kgs of crystalline substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine, was found in his possession.
The drug was neatly packed in 26 parcels in a false bottom of his luggage.
Similarly, Ogbonna Donatus Chigozie was nabbed with 610 grammes of cocaine while attempting to board an Emirate flight to Pakistan.
Okoro Chibueze Augustine who was expecting N2.5 million described his arrest as a bad luck.
While Okpue Ernest Ifeanyi who had lived in Brazil for a year said that, he came to Nigeria for his traditional marriage ceremony.

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