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String of arrests unveils international drug trafficking networks as NDLEA records multiple seizures across Nigeria

Hong Kong, France-bound businessmen arrested at Abuja airport for ingesting cocaine, heroin

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In a series of dramatic arrests at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) apprehended two businessmen attempting to smuggle cocaine and heroin concealed within their bodies. The international drug trafficking network came to light as 38-year-old ThankGod Chimamkpa Emenike and 41-year-old Agbo Chidike Prince were taken into custody during outward clearance for flights to Paris and Hong Kong.

After body scans revealed illicit substances ingested by the suspects, Emenike and Chidike underwent several days in custody, resulting in the expulsion of 72 wraps of heroin weighing 1.171 kilograms and 49 pellets of cocaine weighing 998.53 grams, respectively. Chidike claimed to be a spare parts businessman at Alaba International Market in Lagos, stating his intention to use the anticipated payment of N3.5 million to import goods from Hong Kong.

Additionally, NDLEA operatives intercepted a Qatar Airways passenger, Agbo Celestine Tochukwu, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, with 58 parcels of skunk weighing 29.10 kg. Tochukwu, who claimed to have recently relocated to Oman, confessed to transitioning from a hotel attendant to engaging in drug trafficking.

In separate operations in Ondo State, a total of 2,197 kilograms of skunk were recovered in four days, and arrests were made in Oyo State with the seizure of cannabis. The Lagos Command intercepted a vehicle loaded with 209 kg of Loud, and in Gombe, an abandoned consignment of 401 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 392 kg and 21,000 capsules of tramadol were recovered.

In Edo State, NDLEA operatives conducted a raid on the Utese forest in Ovia North East LGA, uncovering a warehouse containing 2,931.3 kilograms of cannabis sativa. The agency’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) campaign extended to schools, markets, and worship places, fostering awareness across the country.

Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, commended the proactive efforts of officers and men across various commands, urging them to maintain their offensive actions while emphasizing the importance of drug demand reduction efforts.

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