A man has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) saiat the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos vomited 94 wraps of heroine.
The suspect, 37-year-old Nnaemeka Chinedu, an auto parts dealer in Lagos, was arrested during the screening of passengers on a Rwanda Airline from Uganda.
Shortly after he was placed under observation, he vomited the narcotics weighing 1.59kg.
According to the spokesperson for the agency, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, this is one of the largest quantities of drugs ingested by a drug suspect arrested at the Lagos airport in recent times.
Chinedu said he was paid N450,000 for smuggling the drug.
“I was desperate. This is my first time of smuggling drugs. I have been selling auto parts in Lagos for the past 15 years but things have been very rough with me financially. I was paid in Uganda to smuggle the drugs,” Nnaemeka said.
Also arrested was a 57-year-old jewellery importer, Okonkwo Godwin, who hid 750 grammes of cocaine in his boxer shorts.
He was also arrested at the MMIA during the inward screening of passengers on a South African Airline flight from Brazil.
“The suspects are currently being interrogated for illegally importing narcotics into the country. Okonkwo Godwin was caught with one wrap of cocaine in his boxer shorts and another inside his bag all weighing 750 grammes,” NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, said.
Godwin told narcotic investigators that he smuggled drugs because of his numerous financial problems.
“I am married with two children and I am in a terrible financial crisis. I used to import jewellery for sale at the Trade Fair Complex in Lagos and Onitsha main market. Things have changed so drastically that l even find it difficult to feed my family. This was what led me into drug trafficking. l was given two wraps of cocaine; one was hidden in my boxer shorts while the other was in my luggage. The agreement was for me to sell the drugs and share the proceeds with my partner in Brazil,” Okonkwo told investigators.
The NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd.), said that the agency would continue to disappoint the plans of drug traffickers who wish to make money from drug trafficking.
He said, “The NDLEA is working very hard to intercept drugs at all entry points and also arrest every trafficker. Those who intend to enrich themselves with proceeds of drugs will end up in detention. The arrest so far made validates our resolve to address the problem of drug trafficking in the country.”