- 2 officers dismissed, declared wanted
Aborted exportation of 74.7kg Ephedrine drugs in 3 bags
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has uncovered a suspected drug trafficking cartel at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu.
Two officers of the Agency, Superintendent of Narcotics, SN Daniel Goska, and Chief Narcotic Agent, CAN Ndubuisi Ughor, who were indicted and are currently at large, have also been summarily dismissed and declared wanted.
Other members of the group include Eddie Ifeanyichukwu Dayson, a key member of the drug trafficking organisation, Emmanuel Lucky Okorie, operations manager with Ethiopian Airline, Amaechi Henry, a supervisor, passenger services department of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc, and Ezeugwu Jacob who is a ticket and baggage staff at the airport.
Chairman/chief executive of the agency, Ahmadu Giade, while describing the mode of operation of the drug cartel as strange, promised to adhere to global best practice in drug control.
The NDLEA boss said the two indicted officers of the Agency, Daniel Goska and Ndubuisi Ughor who are currently at large had been summarily dismissed and that efforts are ongoing to arrest and prosecute them.
He added that although drug barons are desperate, the agency was committed to the dismantling of drug trafficking organisations in the country.
The activities of the group were exposed when narcotic officials aborted the exportation of 74.7kg of narcotic drug that tested positive for Ephedrine. The drug was packed in three bags. Two of the bags weighing 50.7kg were destined for Maputo, Mozambique, while the third bag weighing 24kg was destined for Johannesburg, South Africa. The 74.7kg of Ephedrine had been properly marked as exhibits and tendered as evidence before a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu.
It was gathered from investigation that whenever the cartel has a consignment of drug, the airline operations manager will identify passengers on the flight whose bags are weighing less and tag the luggage in their names. Once this is done, they will contact their partners at the airport of final destination with the tag numbers to receive the consignments.
These findings were further corroborated by the statements of the innocent passengers whose names were used to tag the bags containing the 74.7kg of Ephedrine.
When invited for questioning, it was discovered that they had no knowledge of the bags tagged in their names.
Meanwhile, the operations manager of Ethiopian Airline at the Enugu Airport, Mr. Emmanuel Lucky Okorie and three others- Amaechi Henry, Eddie Ifeanyichukwu Dayson and Ezeugwu Jacob have been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Enugu in connection with the seizure.