Four drug traffickers have been arrested at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after excreting 171 wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine.
Punch reports that the four suspects – 46-year old Ejiofor Eliezer, 30-year old Obah Francis, 27-year old Akpa Sobuzochukwu and 36-year-old Ike Okechukwu were arrested during the screening of passengers on board Qatar and Emirates airlines enroute to Brazil.
The suspects explain the reasons for going into drug dealing.
Ejiofor Eliezer: “I live in Brazil, where I work in a supermarket and lived with my wife and four children. Life in Brazil is tough because I live from hand to mouth. It was poverty that made me to smuggle drugs. I took risk by swallowing 100 wraps of cocaine for N200,000 because of poverty.”
Oba Francis: “I am single and have been working in Brazil for two years. At present, I work in a bakery and my salary is meager. My plan was to give the drug to a friend in Dubai, but he did not come to collect the drug as planned. This was how I had to come to Nigeria with the drug. I blame my friend for my arrest because I would have made S15,000 (about N2.8m) from the deal.”he said
Ike Okechukwu: “I regret my involvement in drug trafficking. I dropped out of school in Junior Secondary School class two and I work in a toy company in Brazil,” he added.
According to NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, they would be charged to court soon.
Akpa Sobuzochukwu, a diploma in accounting holder said he swallowed 26 wraps and was paid $1,500 (N285,000).
NDLEA Chairman Ahmadu Giade said the suspects would soon be charged to court.