A drug trafficking suspect identified as Samuel Maduewesi was on Friday nabbed by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos with 193 wraps of substance suspected to be cocaine inside his socks.
In a statement issued and signed by the NDLEA spokesperson, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, and made available to journalists in Lagos, the drug, which tested positive for cocaine, with a total weight of 3.4 kilogrammes, was detected during routine screening of passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai.
The NDLEA Commander at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ahmadu Garba, said officers noticed the passenger cleverly attached some items to his legs during screening of passengers at the arrival hall. But it was not good enough to escape the anti-narcotic agency official’s notice.
On noticing him, the officials while searching pulled down his socks and suspected wraps of narcotics found to be cocaine fell down on the floor. The suspect Maduewesi, was immediately arrested and taken for further investigation. The agency said the suspect would be charged to court soon.
Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr. Muhammad Abdallah, has called for stringent monitoring of the Dubai-Lagos route by officers.
Abdallah commended the officers for the recovery saying this is an interesting arrest. He also noted that the Dubai-Lagos route is gradually gaining notoriety and the NDLEA are monitoring it closely.
The NDLEA boss assures members of the public that the agency is working very hard in preventing illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse in the country.
Abdallah while commenting on the first quarter report of the MMIA unit of the agency’s operations yesterday, also advocated an integrated approach in the control of illicit drug trafficking, adding that deliberate steps should be taken to improve regional and international drug control measures aimed at dislodging drug syndicates.
He reveals that about 100.545kgs of narcotic drugs valued at N574 million were seized by the NDLEA between January and March 2016 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. The Airport command of the NDLEA arrested 30 suspected drug traffickers, comprising 26 males and four females.
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