…NDLEA records major breakthrough, intercepts N8bn worth of cocaine at Lagos Airport

… Says 36 blocks of substance weighing 27.95 kilograms were involved

… Discloses that a Brazil-based drug kingpin led the syndicate

… Suspects his group to be recruiting traffickers to move drugs using Nigeria as transit

NATIONAL Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has recorded a major breakthrough in the fight against drugs and narcotics as it successfully intercepted N8 billion worth of cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos. The Agency’s Director, Media, and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday in a statement said the Agency intercepted 36 blocks of cocaine weighing 27.95 kilograms with a street value of over N8 billion.

According to Babafemi, a Brazil-based drug kingpin, Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku who led a syndicate was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on Friday, May 14, 2021. Babafemi further disclosed that the suspect was arrested for importing 27.95 kilograms of cocaine using an organized criminal gang that specialized in tagging and planting drugs in innocent traveler’s luggage. He added that based on intelligence, narcotic agents at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA had on Saturday, May 8 intercepted a bag that arrived at the Lagos Airport from GRU, Brazil, via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He further explained that the baggage with tag No. – ET331199, arrived through an Ethiopian airline flight but was disclaimed by an arriving passenger on the flight. He said the disclaimed bag was promptly secured by NDLEA operatives for investigation and explained that on Sunday, May 9, a man came to the airport to make an inquiry on how to get the disclaimed bag released and that the man was promptly arrested for investigation. “The disclaimed bag was opened in the presence of the arriving passenger and the man who came to negotiate the release of the disputed bag.

“When it was opened, it was found that the bag contained 36 blocks of cocaine, weighing 27.95 kg. “A follow-up sting operation was carried out, which led to the arrest of Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku, the prime suspect, on Friday, May 14, upon his arrival from Addis Ababa onboard Ethiopian airline,” Babafemi disclosed in the statement. Speaking further, Babafemi added that during preliminary interrogation after his arrest, he confessed to having been contracted by his Ethiopian associate, a notorious drug baron, to claim and push out the consignment in Lagos He further admitted having paid the $24,500 bribe in three tranches to compromise NDLEA officers. “The first was $10,000 delivered through his representative in Lagos and another $10, 000 via his First Bank account while the third tranche of $4,500 was paid at the point of his arrest. “His group is suspected to be responsible for recruiting traffickers to move illicit drugs to various destinations using Nigeria as their transit location and also planting drugs in the luggage of innocent travelers,” he added.

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