Two suspects identifed as Chinweuba Echezona, 54, and Louis Ekwueme have been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly trafficking N39 million worth of cocaine to the country. The suspects who came in from Dubai were held at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos with 252 wraps of the substance weighing 4.35kgs.
According to NDLEA, the suspects who were promised N500,000 each to traffick the drugs into Nigeria ingested some wraps and stuffed others in their luggage but were fished out during screening. The agency’s spokesperson, Ofoyeju Mitchell stated that while one of the suspects was a driver, the other was a trader “Both suspects ingested some wraps of drugs and concealed others on their bodies. The estimated value of the drug is thirty-nine million naira (N39, 000,000),” he said.
Quoting the agency’s Commander at the airport, Ahmed Garba, Ofoyeju said both suspects were under investigation for unlawful importation of cocaine from Dubai.