Mr Chiwuzie Godson Chiedozie a 23-year-old student of Management Accounting at Waltham College, London was yesterday arrested by peratives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, while trying to smuggle about 1.535 kilogrammes of cocaine through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
The suspect was arrested by officials of the anti-narcotics agency when he tested positive to drug ingestion during the screening of passengers on an Arik flight to London.
NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar while speaking on the arrest disclosed that after arresting the suspect, he was placed under observation where he excreted about 92 pellets of substances that tested positive to cocaine weighing 1.535 kilogrammes.
Hamza said the suspect was also found in possession of two tickets. “Chiwuzie presented a valid Asky ticket from Lagos to Lome at the screening but during search, a valid Arik ticket from Lagos to London was recovered in his luggage.
The Lome ticket was to divert attention from him but besides having multiple tickets, he also tested positive for drug ingestion,” Hamza explained.
Hamza also stressed that from investigation conducted, the agency gathered that Chiedozie had lived in London since 2009 where he was recruited to smuggle drugs in his school at Waltham College, London.
In his confession, Mr Chiedozie revealed that he was lured into trafficking drugs with a promise that he was going to be paid £3,500 pounds with which he intended to pay his tuition fees.