NDLEA arrests two Pakistani businessmen with cocaine at Lagos airport, nabs 2 wanted ‘drug kingpins’
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested two Pakistani businessmen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos with 8 kilograms of cocaine concealed in a public address system while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahole, Pakistan via Doha.
Spokesperson of the agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, November 6, said the two suspects: Asif Muhammed, 45 and Hussain Naveed, 57, who hold Nigerian residence permits suspected to be fake are frequent travelers to Nigeria under the guise of doing textile business.
They were arrested on Saturday 5th November at the Lagos airport barely a week after they came to Nigeria, which is, Sunday 30th October.
Operatives at the SAHCO import shed of the airport on Friday 4th November seized 13 cartons of Tramadol 225mg and 200mg imported from Karachi, Pakistan.
The consignment has a total weight of 465.10kg and 642,800 pills of the pharmaceutical opioid.
Meanwhile, two businessmen who have been on the run for months over their alleged involvement in drug trafficking, have been arrested by anti-narcotic officers assigned to track them.
Nnebo Ikechukwu Christopher who has been wanted for his role in the importation of 40 cartons containing 346,800 pills of Co-codamol, a brand of paracetamol with Codeine seized at the cargo wing of the MMIA local airport since March 2022, was arrested on Thursday 3rd Nov.
In the same vein, operatives on the trail of an automobile parts dealer, Omeje Oliver (a.k.a David Mark) since April eventually arrested him on Monday 31st October in Enugu where he fled to, after abandoning his business at Aspanda, Trade Fair Complex Lagos.
He was wanted in connection with the seizure of 600 grams of heroin concealed inside soles of ladies footwears going to Liberia on April 16.
On the same day Omeje was arrested, operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport intercepted 550 grams of cannabis loud concealed in machine parts going to Dubai, UAE, while the sender, Ogbure Victor Ifeanyi was later arrested.
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In the same vein, operatives on Thursday 3rd Nov stormed the Egbeta forest in Ovia North East where they recovered 112 bags of cannabis and 8 bags of seeds with a combined weight of 1,598.5kgs, while another team evacuated 27 bags of same substance weighing 314kgs at Amahor village in Igueben LGA.
While commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Edo and Kaduna Commands of the Agency for the successful operations in the past week, Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa urged them and their counterparts across the country not to rest on their oars until all drug syndicates operating in Nigeria are completely dismantled and the last gram of illicit substance taken out of the streets.