By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja
A 53-year old Brazilian returnee, Okolie Nwabueze, has been arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly importing 92 wraps of cocaine.
This is even as Nwabueze, a father of two, who ingested the drugs, eventually excreted them after days under observation at the NDLEA’s facility.
A statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, made this known on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the suspect, who hailed from Mmaku village, Awgu Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State, was arrested on Sept. 2.
The arrest was upon his arrival on Qatar Airline flight en route Brazil-Doha-Abuja.
The NDLEA spokesperson said that the suspect claimed that he left Nigeria for Mozambique in 2004 and finally relocated to Brazil in 2017.
He added that the suspect obtained a residence permit in Brazil before deciding to bring in the illicit substance for a 4,000-dollar-fee.
In the same vein, a 42-year old man, Aliyu Kwasare, was arrested at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
Babafemi said that the suspect was caught, while attempting to export a consignment of a psychoactive substance, “Akuskura”, to Saudi Arabia.
He said that the suspect, an indigene of Kware LGA of Sokoto State who lived in Goron Dutse area of Kano, was arrested on Sept. 5.
He said that the man was arrested during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight to Riyadh.
In another development, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos, no fewer than 1.099 million tablets of Tramadol (225mg.) have been seized.
Babafemi said that the drugs were intercepted through inter-agency collaboration between NDLEA and the Nigeria Customs Service.
“The pharmaceutical opioids, packed in 50 cartons weighing 2,058.90 kilograms, were imported from Pakistan via Addis-Ababa on Ethiopian Airways.
“The consignment was concealed among other non-controlled pharmaceuticals.
“Also, a freight agent, Aliyu Abubakar, was on Friday arrested at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc. (NAHCO) export shed of the airport.
“The arrest was over an attempt to export a consignment of cannabis, concealed inside bottles of Caro white body lotion,” he said.