At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have caught two men smuggling cocaine and tramadol, seizing twenty-eight packs of Tramadol weighing 21.99kgs inside a DJ Rack box and 1.8kgs of cocaine in boxer shorts.
The 1.8kg of cocaine was being smuggled by Chijioke Chukwuemeka Raphael, 36 year-old factory worker in Dubai, packed inside socks and in his boxer shorts on his way from Dubai, but was caught during the inward screening of passengers on an Emirate flight from Dubai.
Chijioke, a native of Enugu state, said that he was offered four hundred and fifty thousand (N450,000) naira to attempt smuggling cocaine to Nigeria.
The suspect Chijioke Raphael on interrogation by the NDLEA officers said;
“I am a factory worker in Dubai for the past six years. I am married with three children but I cannot take good care of my family. I work from hand to mouth and I am tired of working without seeing the benefits of my labour. I met a man seven months ago in Nigeria who introduced me into drug trafficking. He promised me a better job in Nigeria and offered me N450,000 naira. I accepted the offer because I wanted to come back home and start a better job.”
The Tramadol, which was hidden among camera items, was intercepted during pre-shipment inspection with a man identified as Afube Izuchukwu Henry, 27 year-old automobile parts dealer. The consignment was destined for Congo Brazzaville in central Africa.
Afube hails from Anambra and is married with two children. He said that he only acted on his elder brother’s instruction who lives in Congo, but was unfortunately caught and arrested in the process of trying to smuggle the drugs to him.
NDLEA commander at the airport, Ahmed Garba, said both suspects are being investigated.