Drug trafficking suspects have been arrested
with 1.2 kilogrammes of cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport,
Urban Express News learnt that the
suspects – David Achebe, 37, and 43-year-old Daniel Ndukwe – met their Waterloo
on Saturday during an outward screening of passengers on Ethiopian and Egypt
airline flights by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at
The detectives were said to have
placed the duo on a close watch, during which Achebe excreted 45 wraps of
cocaine while Nduwke expelled five wraps of the drug.
Urban Express News correspondent gathered
that Achebe and Ndukwe had wanted to smuggle the narcotic to Hong Kong and
Achebe, who deals in electronics,
reportedly told investigators that a friend contracted him to traffic in
cocaine with a promise of N5m for a successful operation.
He said, “I sell electronics at
Alaba market. This is my first time of dealing in drugs. My friend in Hong Kong
introduced me to cocaine smuggling. He sent the drug to me. The cocaine was in
a black polythene bag containing plantain and pineapples.
“I swallowed the 45 wraps in my
toilet without my wife’s knowledge. I was promised the sum of N5m which I had
wanted to use in importing electronics. At the airport, they told me that
scanning machine indicated that I had drugs on me. That was how I was arrested.”
Ndukwe in his confessional
statement said he thought he would scale through the screening due to the small
quantity of the drug, adding that he was to be paid N250,000.
“I have lived in Athens (Greece)
for over a decade. I lost my job last year and things have been very bad
financially. I came to Nigeria to visit my wife and two children. I had no plan
to smuggle drugs until a friend called me from Athens that I should bring five
wraps of cocaine. Since it is only five wraps, I felt it will be an easy task.
He sent someone to give me the wraps in Umuahia (Abia State). I inserted the
five wraps in my anus,” he said.
The NDLEA Commander at the airport,
Mr. Ahmadu Garba, said a preliminary investigation indicated that the suspects
wanted to cash in on the Yuletide, thinking there would be laxity in the
“Both suspects tested positive for
narcotic ingestion and while under observation, they expelled wraps of cocaine
which they had wanted to smuggle out of the country. Achebe ingested cocaine
weighing 935 grammes while Ndukwe ingested 215 grammes. The suspects are
currently under investigation,” Ahmadu added.
The Chairman of the agency, Col.
Muhammad Abdallah (retd), stated that those, who indulged in drug trafficking,
would end up in prison custody.