NDLEA arrests ex-convict for drug trafficking in Lagos

NDLEA arrests ex-convict for drug trafficking in Lagos

By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an ex-convict, Onyeka Madukolu, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, for importing 5.90 kilograms of cocaine.

 

Mr Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, disclosed this via a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

 

Babafemi said that the cocaine was concealed in cans of deodorants and ladies’ lip gloss that were imported into Nigeria.

 

He said that the suspect, who was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment in Ethiopia for drug trafficking offences, was released from prison in 2020.

 

He said that Madukolu was again arrested on Friday at MMIA, Lagos, on his return from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

 

Babafemi said that a search of his luggage revealed he had concealed 5.90 kilograms of cocaine inside cans of deodorants and female lip gloss.

 

“During preliminary interview, he claimed to have gone into the drug business to raise fresh capital to start a legitimate business after his release from Ethiopian prison in 2020.

 

“The father of two kids — one each from a Nigerian woman and a Brazilian lady — said that he was into motor spare parts business before going into the criminal trade.

 

“The 44-year old indigene of Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra said that he was expecting to be paid N2 million on successful delivery of the illicit drug in Nigeria,” he said.

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