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NDLEA nabs financial expert, two others over drug trafficking

By Barakat Odegbola

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a financial expert, Zakaru Baba, and two others for allegedly trafficking illicit drugs out of the country.

It was stated that after the financial expert, said to be a 27-year-old graduate of Accountancy, Bayero University, Kano (BUK) and the two other drug peddlers, a Europe-based Nigerian, identified as Peter Mkwo, and a 23-year-old secondary school leaver, Iwuyi Chukwuka was arrested, over 15 kilogrammes of illicit drugs were recovered from them.

It was gathered that most of the illicit drugs seized from the suspects were skunk, methamphetamine, and cannabis Sativa.

The agency stated that Peter and Chuckwuka were apprehended when they were trying to export the illicit drugs from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja to Turkey and Belgium respectively, while Zakaru, the financial expert was arrested in Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

The NDLEA Director, Media, and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said that Peter, 37, was arrested on Friday, May 28, 2021, while trying to board an Ethiopian Airline 910 en route Abuja-Addis Ababa- Brussels, Belgium.

Babafemi, in a statement on Tuesday, said that when the agency operatives searched peter, 3 killogrammes of methamphetamine were discovered stuffed in the lining of a false bottom of his luggage.

“Under interrogation, Peter claimed he has lived in Belgium for 15 years and worked as a forklift driver in an automobile company, where he earned One Thousand Seven Hundred (1,700) Euro per month.

“He said he came into Nigeria on 26th April, for the burial of his father who died in August 2019 but buried on 30th April in Awka, Anambra State.
He said after spending two weeks in Awka, he traveled to Uyo for another week to see his sister and later to Lagos to see his girlfriend.

“He claimed he Lodged in a hotel at Amuwo Odofin in Lagos where he met two men while hanging at the bar by the hotel’s swimming pool where they made a proposal to him to carry the drug for onward delivery to Belgium.

“He said the bag containing the drug was brought to him in the hotel by the two men on Friday 28th May before he took off to Abuja where he was to take his flight to Brussels. He said he was promised Three Thousand (3,000) Euro on successful delivery to one Ishmael, in Belgium.

“He claimed he accepted the offer to deliver the drug to raise some fund to pay back the money he borrowed from friends during the burial of his father.

Babafemi further explained that the 23-year-old Chukwuka, who was arrested with a 6.3kg skunk during an outward clearance of Turkish airline flight at the departure hall of the Abuja airport, concealed the illicit drug in crayfish and stuffed it inside Golden Morn packs.

“During interrogation, he claimed he was traveling for a Diploma study in Tourism and Hotel Management at University of Mediterranean, Karpasia, North Cyprus.”

“In a related development, a 27-year-old graduate of Accountancy, Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Zakaru Baba has been arrested at the local wing of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano with 6 kilogrammes of cannabis Sativa.”

The consignment was flown from Lagos to Kano on Saturday, 29th May via Max Air, Babafemi said.

The suspect who turned up to claim the packaged drug was arrested and has since confessed ownership of the exhibit, according to the statement.

Babafemi said it was the first time the Command has apprehended a suspect via the domestic wing of the airport, as most arrests and seizures are usually made at the international wing.

Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the anti-drug agency, Buba Marwa has in his reaction to the operations commended the NAIA Commander, Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, and his MAKIA counterpart, Mohammed Ajiya, as well as the officers and men of the two Commands for their vigilance and commitment to the task of ridding the country of illicit substances.

He charged them not to rest on their oars as the Agency intensifies the war against drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria.

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