The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) attached to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA) Enugu has arrested two businessmen for allegedly trafficking 11.66kg of cocaine and heroin worth N105, 000,000.
This is just as the Chief Executive of NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade warned drug barons that the anti drug agency will continue to resist the use of Nigeria in drug trafficking.
He noted that since the Enugu airport was upgraded to international status, some drug traffickers are targeting the use of the airport, adding that several attempts to smuggle drugs from East Africa, Brazil and other parts through the Enugu airport had been foiled by NDLEA.
According to Giade, “the NDLEA is prepared to arrest drug traffickers and seize their drugs, notwithstanding the mode of concealment. These arrests, especially the suspect going to East Africa will definitely send a warning signal that the airports are not safe for drug trafficking. We are determined to always be on the alert and this arrest is a test of our vigilance because Bujumbura is not a regular route.”
The NDLEA Commander at the Enugu airport, Nsikak-Abasi Udoh, said that two suspected drug suspects Obuora Christopher Nebe, 38 year-old and Iheme Promise Onyemauchechukwu, 27 year-old will soon be arraigned at the Federal High Court Enugu.
According to him, “Obuora was found to have ingested 70 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.685kg on his way to Turkey, while Iheme had 9.975kg of heroin hidden inside cosmetics on his journey from Bujumbura, Burundi. They were both arrested during screening of passengers on Ethiopian airline flights”.
The Commander explained that Obuora Christopher Nebe, who hails from Uriagwa in Anambra State confessed to the NDLEA that he would have been paid the sum of N1,000,000 million if he had succeeded.
His route was Enugu, Adis Ababa and Turkey.
Iheme Promise Onyemauchechukwu, who hails from Imo State, according to the agency was recruited in Tanzania by a suspected drug cartel in East Africa and that the suspect told narcotic investigators that he smuggled drugs because he was stranded.
According to him, “I used to sell phone accessories before I left the country. I wanted to go to Malaysia in search of job opportunities, but I was stranded in Tanzania.”