By Bukar Bolori
Two drug traffickers, Elvis Iro, 53 and Uwaezuoke Christian, 42, have excreted a total of 165 wraps of cocaine following their arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
According to the spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi the two excreted the drugs which they ingested while under observation in the agency’s custody.
He revealed that the 53-year-old Elvis who is a father of four children hails from Abiriba, Ohafia local government area of Abia state, was arrested on Saturday 19th March upon his arrival on board Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis-Ababa for ingesting 65 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.376 kilogrammes.
Babafemi said during preliminary interrogation, Elvis claimed he’s an interior decorator but had to go into drug trafficking because he needed money to start a coffee business, take care of his family and stock his newly acquired shop with curtain materials/accessories in Lagos.
He said he would have been paid $1,000 on successful delivery of the drug in Abuja.
Another passenger on the same flight, 42-year-old Uwaezuoke Christian was also arrested on arrival for ingesting 100 pellets of cocaine with a total weight of 2.243 kilogrammes, Uwaezuoke who hails from Ojoto, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra state claimed he’s a businessman dealing in baby’s wears before venturing into drug trafficking.
During preliminary interrogation, he said he traveled to Addis Ababa on Thursday 17th March to buy the drug for $10,000 and returned on Saturday 19th March when he was arrested. He said he sold his land in his village and took loans from friends to be able to raise money to buy the drug.
He claimed he had to go into drug to raise money for his business after being duped of $15,000 by his friend who lives in
In a related development, narcotic officers of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI, have intercepted substantial quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and cannabis sativa packaged for export to Australia, China, Qatar, Ireland and Thailand through some courier companies in Lagos, while 2.9 kilogrammes of methamphetamine in packs of black soup and toner machine heading to Australia and Qatar was intercepted; 600 grammes of cocaine concealed in school certificates and file folders going to Australia and Thailand were equally seized.
He said no less than 25.5 kilogrammes cannabis concealed in packs of Dudu Osun soap and tins of palm fruit extracts (banga) heading to China and Ireland was also seized at a courier company in Lagos.
Meanwhile, 2,293.324 kilogrammes of assorted illicit drugs and N791, 100. 00 were recovered in major raids by operatives in Ogun, Rivers and Enugu state in the past week.
Babafemi said in Rivers State, operatives last Thursday raided the notorious Abuja Water Front of Port Harcourt city following information provided by arrested suspects, on their sources of supply. A total of three suspects: Larry Samuel; Mark James and Happiness Joseph were arrested at the drug hub with 339.524 kilogrammes of cannabis saturated, methamphetamine and tramadol seized and N791,100 cash recovered from them while another drug dealer in the area Uduak Emmanuel remains at large.
In Ogun, a 30-year-old lady, Peace Egidigbo, was arrested with 1863 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa in Mowe, Obafemi/Owode local government area last Wednesday, while no less than 150 blocks of cannabis weighing 90.800 kilogrammes were seized from the cargo compartment of a bus owned by a transport company along Orji river via Onitsha express road, Enugu State.
Speaking on the latest clampdowns, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of NAIA, DOGI, Rivers, Ogun and Enugu Commands of the agency for their diligence and vigilance. He however charged them to always strive to raise the bar in their operational feats.