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Brazilian returnee discharges 92 cocaine wraps hiding inside stomach

By Esther Kalu

A Brazilian returnee and father of two, Okolie Nwabueze, has discharged 92 wraps of Cocaine hiding inside his stomach, before officials of  National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) who arrested the man at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on his arrival into the country.

As gathered, the suspect was said to have brought the drugs into Nigeria by hiding them inside his stomach before he was arrested by the law enforcement agency who must have suspected the man, and forced him to discharge the substance under its watch.

It was learnt that the drug trafficker, who hailed from Mmaku village under Awgu Local Government Area in Enugu State, came under arrest on Friday upon his arrival on Qatar Airline from Brazil,

The Director of Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, stated that Nwabueze confessed to drug trafficking crime after discharging 92 wraps of cocaine under the agency’s watch and that the substance packages were kept in the man’s body for several hours before landing Nigeria.

Though a statement released on Sunday, Babafemi hinted that the drug trafficker claimed to had left Nigeria in 2004 to Mozambique, and later to Brazil in 2017, where he obtained a residence permit before deciding to start doing narcotics business for a $4,000 fee.

Similarly, a 42-year-old man, Aliyu Kwasare, was also arrested at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano, while trying to export package of psychoactive, Akuskura, to a receiver in Saudi Arabia and where they were expected to be sold to consumers.

The agency’s spokesperson confirmed that Kwasare was picked earlier last week at the Kano’s international airport by the NDLEA personnel who discovered the package on Ethiopian Airline flight heading Riyadh and was able to trace owner of the consignment before leaving Nigeria.

Babafemi, who commended law enforcement agencies on their cooperation that lead to the arrest of the two drug traffickers, disclosed that 1,099,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg were seized recently through inter-agency collaborations, between NDLEA and Nigerian Customs station at international airport in Lagos

He hinted that 50 cartons of pharmaceutical opioids, weighing 2,058.90kg, imported from Pakistan via Addis-Ababa, on Ethiopian Airways,  were seized at the Lagos airport by the joint team and that consignment concealed non-controlled pharmaceuticals.

“NDLEA has been able to make several arrests in Abuja, Kano and Lagos. The fight against drug traffickers would not stop, until people desist from doing this illegal business,  and stop encouraging such illegal things.

:To show that we will comb everywhere and free Nigeria from drug peddlers,  a freight agent, Aliyu Abubakar, who was arrested inside airport’s premises with cannabis packed inside body cream bottles will have send signals to other agents who may believe that will always buy their ways and have their drugs fly out.”

:Our eyes are on them and the agency is watching them closely, and that they should know that soonest, they shall meet their waterloo and tell their stories to the public”




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