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Friday, 9 December 2016

NDLEA seize drugs worth N14bn at Lagos Airport


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operative stationed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, have intercepted methamphetamine worth N14 billion.



According to a statement by the agency issued on Friday, the seized drug, weighing 45 kilogrammes, was found concealed inside foodstuff in a luggage meant for export to South Africa.
The drugs were found during the outward screening of a Kenyan Airways flight. A 48-year-old cook, Richard Ese, had been arrested in connection with the illegal shipment.
Ahmadu Garba, the NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, said the suspect is assisting NDLEA’s team of investigators and would be charged to court soon.
The suspect, Ese, a indigene of Delta State said he was given N1 million to smuggle the drugs to South Africa.
“I was told the bag contains African food but during search, NDLEA officers discovered methamphetamine in the luggage weighing 45kgs,” Mr. Ese said.
“I worked in Madrid for ten years as a Chef and I am married with four children. The man that gave me the job met me in a drinking club.”
In his reaction, the Chairman of the NDLEA, Muhammad Abdallah described the seizure as a victory over drug barons.
“I am very pleased with this seizure,” he said.

“It is a victory for Nigerians over drug barons but the Agency’s efforts in reducing the drug problem must be complemented by other stakeholders.
“Stiffer punishment must be meted out to those involved in methamphetamine production. On our part, the agency must continue to identify more clandestine laboratories and prosecute offenders. 
I want investigation to be very thorough and at the end of the day, more arrests shall be made. I want other members of the criminal gang arrested.”


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