How NDLEA made N2.7 billion biggest single seizure of cocaine

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How NDLEA made N2.7 billion biggest single seizure of cocaine

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Wednesday made its biggest single seizure of cocaine at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to the tune of N2.7 billion in Street value from a 32-year-old drug trafficker, Maduabuchi Chinedu.

The drug seized was said to weigh 9.30 kilograms.

This was disclosed in a press release by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday.

“The suspect who hails from Obaha Okigwe village, Okigwe Local Government Area (LGA), of Imo state, lives in Liberia where he works as a miner. He was arrested during an inward joint search of Ethiopian Airlines flight 911 at the Abuja airport on Wednesday 24 November 2021 with 9.30kg cocaine with each pellet wrapped in candies wraps and concealed in his luggage,” Babafemi stated.

“During his preliminary interview, Chinedu claimed he left Nigeria in 2018 to settle in Liberia where he now has a residence permit.

“He however added that economic pressure and the need to raise money to treat his mother for an eye problem led him to seek help from a friend in Liberia who introduced him to another friend based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who eventually gave him the drug to deliver in Abuja for a fee of N1 million.

“He added that he was initially scheduled to deliver the drug in Ivory Coast but was rerouted to Nigeria at the last minute.”

Reacting to this, the Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brigadier-General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers and men of the Abuja Command of the Agency for their vigilance and working in synergy with other security agencies at the airport.

He charged the officers and their colleagues in other commands to always remain two steps ahead of merchants of death who are daily getting more desperate to make money at the expense of the image of the country and Nigerians’ wellbeing.

How NDLEA made N2.7 billion biggest single seizure of cocaine

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