Two pregnant women are among drug traffickers arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Lagos Airport for attempting to import and export illicit drugs through the airport, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The first to enter the Agency’s dragnet, a statement by the NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said was a Brazilian returnee, Nworie Phillip Chikwendu, who was arrested on May 3rd during an inward clearance of passengers on Qatar Airways flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil en route Doha to Lagos.
During a thorough search of his luggage, two parcels of cocaine were discovered concealed in a pair of brown slippers hidden in his oxblood backpack. A further search of the pair of black slippers worn by the suspect also led to the recovery of additional two parcels of cocaine built into the soles of his footwear, bringing the total to four parcels weighing 800grams.
When undergoing a preliminary interview, Babafemi said, Nworie who claimed to be a barber in Sao Paulo, said he came to Nigeria for the burial of his father and confessed he decided to get into the criminal act because his trip was sponsored by his Brazil-based friend who gave him the drug to deliver in Lagos for a fee of N2 million.
The pregnant woman, Mrs Gloria Asibor, was arrested on Thursday while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Bolonia, Spain via Istanbul, Turkey. A search of her luggage containing food items led to the discovery of 300 tablets of 200mg and 225mg high dosage Tramadol concealed in crayfish.
Meanwhile, large consignments of psychoactive substances have been intercepted in parts of North-West, North-East and Northcentral.
In Kaduna, a drug dealer, Obinna Anene a.k.a Young Alhaji was arrested on Friday at Buwaya Kaduna with 50,000 tablets of Diazepam weighing 9kg; 595 tablets of Tramadol weighing 318grams and 8 tablets of Co-codamol weighing 6grams.
The same day, a trafficker, Alhaji Modu Yahaya, was caught with 26.5kg of cannabis in Damaturu, Yobe State while travelling in a commercial vehicle from Abuja to Maiduguri, Borno state.
At least, nine drug dealers were arrested by operatives in Lagos the same Thursday during raids in black spots in Mushin Olosha and Akala as well as Langbasa and Ikota in the Ajah area of the state with different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cannabis, and Skuchies.
In Plateau, NDLEA operatives on Saturday, intercepted a truck carrying 673.3kg of cannabis along Bassa/Rukuba Barracks road in Jos while the driver and his assistant fled into the bush. In other parts of the state capital, two dealers; Manga Emmanuel and Yusuf Usman were arrested with 34 pinches of cocaine and 400grams of cannabis at old airport and Rikkos respectively.