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NDLEA Arrests 2Suspects At Lagos Airport, Uncovers Cocaine In Soap Tablets
Nigerian News (Lagos) –An 42-year-old man attempting to smuggle 630 grammes of cocaine to London has been thwarted by anti-narcotic officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The suspect, Akanle Ayokunle Olawole, allegedly concealed 630 grammes of cocaine inside tablets of soap. He was to board an Arik flight to London from the Lagos International Airport when vigilant NDLEA agents intercepted him.
The second suspect, Ezika Ugochukwu Nicholas, 32 years old, allegedly ingested 62 wraps of methamphetamine weighing 1.130kilogrammes was to board an Egypt airline flight to Malaysia when he was arrested.
The arrests and seizures were made at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command of the NDLEA.
The NDLEA Commander at the Airport Command, Mr. Hamza Umar noted that the suspects adopted different techniques this time around.
According to him, “While Akanle hid 630 grammes of cocaine in tablets of soaps on his way to London, Ezika Ugochukwu Nicholas ingested 62 wraps of methamphetamine, weighing 1.130kilogrammes while attempting to travel to Malaysia. This is the second time we are detecting drug concealed in soap this year. The drug was found in six tablets of soaps. Though the plan was ingenious, yet we were able to detect it.”
The suspects have made confessional statements on their involvement and are helping NDLEA in further investigation.
The other suspect, Akanle Ayokunle Olawole was found with both Nigerian and British international passports.
According to the suspect, Akanle, “I was born in London. I lived in South East London until 2007 when I came back to Nigeria. I am a trader, selling laptops, clothes and shoes to earn a living. A friend contacted me to smuggle the drugs. He told me that since I had a British passport and had lived there, it would be easy for me to handle the assignment. He also told me that the drug was neatly concealed and promised to pay me £3,000, excluding all travel expenses. That was how I got involved”. Akanle is said to be married with four children.
Ezika, who is a 36-year-old auto parts dealer at Onitsha, Anambra State, said that he smuggled drugs because his shop was demolished.
“I am an auto parts dealer at Npkor, Onitsha. I was doing fine in business until my shop was demolished. After the demolition, it was difficult for me to take care of my wife and only child. I had no option of survival than to accept $3,000 to smuggle the drugs. I ingested the drugs at Onitsha and came to Lagos to board my flight to Malaysia. I was ignorant of the fact that drug offenders were liable to death in Malaysia. It was after my arrest that I discovered the risk involved in my action,” he stated.
In his reaction, the Chairman of the NDLEA, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, expressed delight over the arrests.
“I am very happy with the arrests, particularly the prevention of the second suspect from death in Malaysia. It is good that we detected the drug here. Apart from the death penalty he would have faced in Malaysia, we have also protected the image of the country from disrepute. I urge members of the public to join in the fight against drug trafficking and abuse. We have saved many young people from similar premature deaths and we hope to do more to protect lives in the days ahead,” the NDLEA boss said.
He said the suspects would soon be charged to court.-TheGuardian