Nigeria: NDLEA arrests 67-year-old man on suspicion of using cocaine for wedding money
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
4,444 personnel of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested a 67-year-old drug trafficker, Chukwuemeka Clement, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja, for allegedly taking 100 boxes of cocaine.
Chukwuemeka claimed that after wasting 30 years of his life in Brazil, Ethiopia and Thailand, he embarked on a criminal enterprise to raise enough funds to marry a new woman and start a new life. .
According to the NDLEA, Chukwuemeka was arrested on Tuesday, October 3, while processing passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight 951 from Addis Ababa, and when he was searched, he was found to have several pellets in his stomach. It has been revealed that
“During observation, he defecated 100 boxes of cocaine totaling 2,195 kilograms in four defecations.”
In his testimony, he said he had spent 30 years in Brazil, Ethiopia, and Thailand, and was once married. His wife, who was claimed missing, had no children.
He said that was why he decided to go into drug trafficking to raise enough money to marry a new wife and start life afresh.
On the same day, Tuesday 3rd October, NDLEA operatives at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano, intercepted a 45-year-old woman, Bilkisu Mohammed Bello while preparing to board a Saudia Airlines flight to Saudi Arabia.
While being interviewed, she confessed that pellets of cocaine given to her to swallow before her flight were kept in a house in Farawa area of Kano.
When she led NDLEA officers to the house, 52 wraps of the illicit substance with a total weight of 767grams were recovered.
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Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives supported by officers and men of the Nigerian Army, Civil Defence Corps and Amotekun personnel on Tuesday, October 3, stormed James town, in Ogunmakin, Obafemi Owode local government area of Ogun state where they located and destroyed 10.38 tonnes of cannabis sativa covering over 4.152 hectares.
While on their way back from the operation, the team also intercepted
a truck marked FS548XN carrying a 40ft container loaded with logs of wood.
A search of the container led to the recovery of two bags of cannabis sativa weighing 20kgs while six suspects: Ahmed Yusuf, Olaniyi Babatunde, Adedeji Babatunde, Richard John, Osolale Olamilekan and Abdulazeez Saied, in the truck were arrested.
In the same vein, operatives on Sunday 1st October raided Obi camp in Owan West LGA, Edo state where 30 sacks of skunk weighing 300kgs and concealed in charcoal were evacuated from an old dilapidated mud house.
Similarly, two cannabis farms measuring 1.179065 hectares at Igbanke forest in Orhiowon local government area of the state were identified and destroyed on Friday 6th October while four suspects, Tersoo Zaria, 28; Ifeanyi Osai, 53; Moses David, 19, and Daniel Gabriel, 20, were arrested.
In Gombe state, a suspect, Auwal Bindow was arrested on Friday 6th October along Bauchi – Gombe road with 50,000 capsules of tramadol, while in Oyo state, NDLEA operatives on patrol along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway nabbed Anuoluwapo Blessing Iyanu, 32, with 52 blocks of compressed pawpaw shaped cannabis sativa weighing 30kgs on Wednesday 4th October.
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