Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted illicit drugs worth over N2billion at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos and three suspected traffickers arrested.
According to a statement by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, one of the suspects, Aniede Chimezie Bright was arrested on Sunday 28th March 2021, during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Marroc, with 7.1 Kg of Methamphetamine carefully concealed in food spices and packed in a Swiss polo suit case. The illicit substance was bound for Spain with street value of over N2 billion.
According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba, “Unarguably, the closure of borders occasioned through COVID-19 pandemic is accountable for the surge within the rate of those drugs. For example, the charge of meth in Australia had multiplied from 2 hundred dollars to six hundred bucks consistent with gramme due supply cut, therefore the desperation through the traffickers and barons alike.”
In a related development, the Command equally intercepted one Bamidele Babatunde Adeyemo at SAHCO export shed of the airport with 800grammes of hashish sativa at the same time as operatives additionally seized 19.950kg of inexperienced leaves suspected to be khat. The hashish cleverly concealed in nutrition became bound for Dubai, UAE.
In a comply with up operation, one Asonye Christian become arrested in connection to the seizure 800grammes of hashish, even as investigations are ongoing for you to establishing extra leads and getting the owner of the khat leaves arrested.
While commending the men and officers of the MMIA Command for the arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) stated the Agency stays dedicated to its new maxim of offensive movement against the sports of drug barons and traffickers anywhere they’re throughout Nigeria.