A suspected drug trafficker, Hassan Bishi Taiwo, has been arrested by operatives of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) command of the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with three parcels of cocaine hid in a false bottom created in his suitcase.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Hassan, who was intercepted at the E-Arrival hall of the MMIA, upon arrival onboard Ethiopian airlines at 1:30 pm last Friday, had been plying the illicit trade by the Middle East routes.
According to the commander, MMIA command of the agency, Ahmadu Garba, “The suspect came into Nigeria through Addis-Ababa, however, he actually travelled to Addis-Ababa from Abuja. Upon a radical search, we found one other ticket on him whereas our findings additionally show that he has been plying his legal trade through some Middle East countries.”
In a related growth, operatives of the Anambra State Command of the agency have recovered fifty eight.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroin hidden in the palace of a prominent traditional ruler within the state.
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“Investigations are ongoing to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden within the palace and palace guards are helping in tracing the vendor behind the consignment,” Muhammadu Misbahu Idris, the Anambra State commander of the NDLEA, said.
In the same vein, narcotic officers attached to a courier firm in Lagos have intercepted 500 grammes of unaccompanied cocaine going to the United Arab Emirates and hid contained in the partitions of packed cartons containing clothes. The operatives additionally intercepted in another courier firm one kilogramme of Cannabis concealed in cream bottles going to UAE, while 500 grammes of ketamine hidden in artefacts and going to the US was additionally recovered from the same firm in Lagos.
Equally, 480 grammes of unaccompanied methamphetamine going to China had been recovered from the same courier company.
Chairman/Chief Govt of the NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa, has commended the commanders, males and officers concerned within the operations for his or her vigilance and charged them to proceed with the vigour.