Two suspected drug traffickers, ‘Daniel Ndukwe’ and ‘David Achebe’ who were attempting to smuggle cocaine out of Nigeria were arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos state after they excreted a total of fifty (50) wraps of cocaine.
One of the drug traffickers, David Achebe who is 37years old was reported to have excreted forty-five (45) wraps after the arrest. The other trafficker, Daniel Ndukwe who is 43years old was reported to have excreted five (5) wraps after the arrest.
According to a statement released by Spokesman of the ‘National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)’, Mitchell Ofoyeju, both suspects tested positive to cocaine.
The statement read;
"Another suspect, who lives in Athens, Greece, was also apprehended in connection with unlawful possession of wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine. The arrests were made at the MMIA, Lagos, during the screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight to Hong Kong and an Egypt Airline flight to Athens".
"Preliminary investigation suggests that the suspects had targeted the Christmas holiday to smuggle cocaine out of the country but drug law enforcement officials at the Lagos airport were able to uncover their plan. The total weight of cocaine seized from the suspects is 1.150kgs. One of them excreted 45 wraps of cocaine he ingested, weighing 935 grammes while the other excreted five wraps of cocaine weighing 215 grammes".
"Both suspects tested positive for narcotic ingestion and while under observation; they expelled wraps of cocaine which they had wanted to smuggle out of the country. The suspects are currently under investigation. The high expectations of both suspects making quick money this festive season from drug trafficking had been dashed by vigilant anti-narcotic officers".
According to PUNCH, both suspects gave a statement on the entire smuggling proceedings.
David Achebe who was found with 45 wraps told investigators that he had been contacted by his friend and was promised the sum of N5m for a successful operation.
"I sell electronics at Alaba market. This is my first time of dealing in drugs. My friend in Hong Kong introduced me to cocaine smuggling. He sent the drug to me. The cocaine was in a black polythene bag containing plantain and pineapples. I swallowed the 45 wraps in my toilet without my wife’s knowledge. I was promised the sum of N5m which I had wanted to use in importing electronics. At the airport, they told me that scanning machine indicated that I had drugs on me. That was how I was arrested".
David Ndukwe who was found with 5 wraps told investigators that he had lived in Athens for over a decade but lost his job and was in a very bad financial situation which led him to smuggle drugs.
"I have lived in Athens (Greece) for over a decade. I lost my job last year and things have been very bad financially. I came to Nigeria to visit my wife and two children. I had no plan to smuggle drugs until a friend called me from Athens that I should bring five wraps of cocaine. Since it is only five wraps, I felt it will be an easy task. He sent someone to give me the wraps in Umuahia (Abia State). I inserted the five wraps in my anus".
Chairman of the NDLEA, ‘Muhammad Abdallah’ further warned drug traffickers looking to get rich by smuggling drugs to desist from such act, adding that they would all end up in prison.
"This is a warning to drug traffickers that the agency is determined to detect all hidden drugs and prosecute offenders. There are control measures in place to detect narcotics at all exit and entry points. We shall continue to improve on our strategies in line with our mission of providing a safe and healthy society for all".