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NDLEA Arrests Four Suspects Over N61m Drugs

Posted: Feb 29, 2016 at 11:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Andrew Utulu


The long arm of the law has caught up with four suspects who allegedly imported illicit drugs valued at N61million.

The suspects were arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja with 4.193kgs of heroin and 2.629kg of cocaine destined for Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, Birmingham, United Kingdom, Rome and Mumbai, India.

NDLEA commander at Abuja airport, Hamisu Lawan said that the suspects were caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of the country.

The suspects include Umeh Chidiebere Gabriel, 36 years going to Birmingham with 479 grammes of cocaine; Ozoike Kelechi John, 34 years going to Rome through Addis Ababa with 2.8kg of heroin; Azubuike Francis Okwochukwu, 38 years going to Addis Ababa with 1.393kg of heroin and Okoro Godfrey Ogbonna, 42 years going to Mumbai with 2.150kg of cocaine.

One of the suspects, Okwuchukwu, from Nnewi, Anambra State, who owned a shop at Oshodi market was found with 65 wraps of heroine weighing 1.393 kg which he swallowed and attempt to export to Italy. He claimed that the recent demolition of Oshodi market by the Lagos State Government led him into drug trafficking.

Umeh Chidiebere Gabriel who lives in Birmingham, United Kingdom was arrested at the boarding gate of the airport after testing positive for drug ingestion while trying to board an Air France flight to the United Kingdom through Charles De Gaulle, Paris.

While under observation, he excreted 30 wraps of cocaine weighing 479 grammes. He claimed that the drugs were given to him by a man he met at his village- Udi village in Enugu State.

Another suspect, Ozoike Kelechi John, a trader at Alaba international market Ojo Lagos, was arrested while trying to check in a bag containing 2.8kg of heroin.

John who hails from Enugu State said that he smuggled drugs because he “needed more money to expand my business.”

Mr. Okoro Godfrey Ogbonna an Ijebu Ode, Ogun State based businessman was arrested with 2.150kg of cocaine at the screening point during checking in of passengers on a Kenyan airways flight to India through Nairobi. Ogbonna, an importer of hair extensions from India to Nigeria hails from Enugu State.

He claimed that he was given the drugs by a friend he met in Lagos to deliver in India after which he would be N450, 000. He also said that his sponsors paid his travel expenses.

NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd) said that the Agency will investigate and arrest the sponsors of the suspects.