A 29-year-old fashion designer, Okechukwu Kingsley Ajaero, excreted 44 wraps of cocaine after he was nabbed by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Ajaero was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during the inward screening of passengers on a Qatar Airline flight.
The suspect, an indigene of Abia State, came into Nigeria from Sao Paulo and excreted 44 wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine weighing 850grammes.
According to the NDLEA Airport commander, Hamza Umar, the suspect blamed his arrest on operational mistake on the part of his business partner, reports The Nation.
In a confessional statement, the suspect said, “I am a fashion designer by profession. I went to Brazil two years ago in search of better working conditions. This is my first time of trafficking in drugs and I got involved through friends.
“I was expecting 30,000 Euros as my profit. My business partner was to collect the drug from me while on transit in Qatar but he failed to show-up. I was compelled to come to Nigeria with the drugs but I excreted 30 on board the aircraft.”
NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Ahmadu Giade, reinstated the resolve of the agency to always thoroughly screen passengers coming from Brazil.
He said, “Brazil is a source country for cocaine and we shall continue to beam our searchlight on this route. Those who seek to enrich themselves through drug trafficking shall be arrested and prosecuted.”
The NDLEA boss urged the general public to join in the fight against drug trafficking by reporting suspicious cases to the agency, adding that concealing the traffickers is risky.