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Drug trafficking: NDLEA records success on US, UK routes

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said the agency had recorded remarkable success in drug trafficking using the United State (US) and United Kingdom (UK) routes.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NDLEA Spokesperson, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, in Abuja.

Ofoyeju said that there had been drastic reduction in the arrest of drug traffickers on the US and UK route.

He quoted the NDLEA Chairman, Mr Ahmadu Giade, as ascribing the development to hard work, mutual cooperation with the involved countries.

The agency also attributed the success to the installation of new gadgets at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

The statement, however, said that an Ondo-based timber merchant and a Lagos-based electronic dealer were recently arrested at the MMIA, Lagos, in connection with drug ingestion.

It said that the timber merchant, Olusegun Ojo, 59, was caught during the outward screening of passengers on a Delta Airline flight to New York, US.

The electronic dealer, Obinna Igweibuike, 47, was nabbed on a Virgin Atlantic flight to London, Heathrow.

NDLEA Commander at the MMIA, Mr Hamza Umar, said in the statement that preliminary investigations showed that Ojo, who hailed from Ilesha, Osun, ingested 75 wraps of substances that tested positive for heroin weighing 1.090kg.

Igweibuike, a native of Anambra, inserted six wraps in his anus and ingested 11 wraps making a total of 17 wraps of cocaine weighing 335 grammes.

Giade also said that the last arrest of suspect leaving Nigeria to the US at the MMIA before this latest arrest was in May, 2012 when one Orji Emeka Christian was apprehended with 1.250kg of heroin.

He revealed that on Nigeria-United Kingdom route the last arrest was made in October 2014 when one Onyechesi Chidi Christ was found with 25 grammes of cocaine on an Air France flight to Scotland.

It stated that in 2013, there was also an arrest of one Uzobude Vitus Uju with 1.815kg of cocaine on a British Airways flight to London.

“This drastic reduction in arrest is due to the extra vigilance and mutual cooperation between Nigeria, the United States and the United Kingdom.

“ We have a feedback mechanism where arrest made on flights from Nigeria to the US and UK is communicated to us,’’ Giade said.

The NDLEA boss in the statement charged officers of the agency to step up vigilance at all times and continue to be professional in their conduct.

“It is gladdening that the number of arrests has reduced on the United States and United Kingdom routes. We are working very hard to replicate similar feats on other routes,” he said (NAN)

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