At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency apprehended Clement Chukwuemeka, a 67-year-old alleged drug trafficker, for consuming 100 wraps of cocaine.
According to a remark from the suspect, he took up the illegal company to make enough money to get married and start over after squandering thirty years of his life in Brazil, Ethiopia, and Thailand.
This was revealed in a statement provided the media on Sunday by Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA’s spokesperson.
According to Babafemi, Chukwuemeka was detained on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, as passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight 951 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, were being cleared to enter the country. He was then taken for a body scan, which found several pellets in his stomach.
He passed four excretions totaling 100 wraps of cocaine weighing 2.195 kg while he was being observed.
He stated in his statement that he was previously married, lost his wife, and remained childless despite having lived for thirty years in Brazil, Ethiopia, and Thailand. He went on to say that this is the reason he chose to become a drug dealer in order to get the money necessary to get married to a new woman and start over.
The 45-year-old Bilkisu Bello was stopped by authorities at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano on October 2, 2023, as she prepared to board a Saudia Airlines trip to Saudi Arabia, according to Babafemi.
“She admitted during the questioning that a house in Kano’s Farawa neighborhood contained cocaine pellets that she had been instructed to swallow before to her departure. 52 wraps weighing a total of 767 grams of the illegal material were found when she led NDLEA officials to the residence.
The anti-drug agency spokesperson continued, “In the meantime, on Tuesday, October 3, NDLEA operatives, backed by officers and men of the Nigerian Army, Civil Defence Corps, and Amotekun personnel, stormed James town, in Ogunmakin, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, where they located and destroyed 10.38 tonnes of cannabis sativa covering over 4.152 hectares.”
The NDLEA agents were also reported to have stopped a truck with the license plate FS548XN that was transporting a 40-foot container filled with wood logs while they were returning from the operation.
Two 20kg bags of cannabis sativa were found during a search of the truck, and six suspects—Ahmed Yusuf, Olaniyi Babatunde, Adedeji Babatunde, Richard John, Osolale Olamilekan, and Abdulazeez Saied—were taken into custody.