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Paris-Bound ‘Businessman’ Excretes 93 Wraps of Heroin At Abuja Airport

A body scanner had revealed that he had wraps of illicit drugs in his stomach.

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 40-year-old Madrid, Spain-based “businessman”, Sherif Egbo Ally, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, while attempting to board an Air France flight to Paris, France, after they discovered he ingested illicit drugs.

According to a statement on Sunday by the spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency, Femi Babafemi, Egbo was arrested on Saturday 14th October after body scanner revealed he had wraps of illicit drugs in his stomach.

He was subsequently placed under observation at the agency’s exhibit recovery room where he excreted 93 pellets of heroin weighing 2.222 kilogrammes. He subsequently in his statement, claimed he works at a chicken hatchery farm in Madrid, Spain and also into drug trafficking business.

In the same vein, NDLEA operatives at the NAHCO imports shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos last Monday seized a consignment of 10 cartons containing 500,000 pills of tramadol 225mg branded as tapentadol.

Babafemi said the cargo, which was shipped from India through Qatar Airways with airwaybill number MAWB 319-01227236 was purported to be a transit cargo to Monrovia, Liberia, but the lid was blown open through partnership and real time intelligence sharing mechanisms between NDLEA and its Liberian counterpart.

The spokesman said an attempt by an intending passenger to Muscat, Oman on Qatar airways, Ngene Chinecherem to export 11.1 kilogrammes of skunk and 600 grammes of tramadol concealed in foodstuffs through the Lagos airport was thwarted by NDLEA officers who arrested him and seized the illicit substances.

In another operation, NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations, DOGI, attached to courier companies on Sunday 15th October intercepted 1 kilogramme methamphetamine concealed in containers of body cream going to New Zealand as well as another consignment of 2.5 kilogrammes cocaine and phenacetin hidden in walls of a carton heading to Saudi Arabia.

Babafemi said two more seizures: 112 grammes of Dimethyl Sulfone and 583 grammes of cocaine and phenacetin were made at another courier company in Lagos last Wednesday, while the Dimethyl Sulfone was concealed in the hollow of a motor driving shaft going to New Zealand, the consignment of cocaine and phenacetin was packed into a bottle of body cream heading to Saudi Arabia.

He disclosed that in Imo state, operatives on Sunday 15th October intercepted a Mercedes Benz container truck marked ABN 418 YN parked in an isolated area along Owerri – Onitsha expressway. A search of the abandoned truck led to the recovery of 168 bags of skunk weighing 1, 854 kilogrammes.

He added that not less than 1,381.3 kilogrammes of the same substance were seized in four interdiction operations in parts of Edo state including: Ekpon community, Igueben local government area , Iguiye forest in Ovia North East local government area, Iruekpen, Ndokwa West where a suspect, Monday Samuel Nwocha was arrested and Egwalor village in Onwude local government area where the duo of Obune Prince and Chika Obi was arrested and their Audi 80 salon car marked BEN 406 CL loaded with cannabis sativa, recovered.

In Kano state, an ex-convict, Aminu Suleiman, 46, was arrested along with Haruna Abdurrahaman, 41, and Ojo Esezobor, 34, at Gadar Tamburawa area of the state on Saturday 14th October while 106 kilogrammes of cannabis were recovered from them. Aminu was first arrested with 22 kilogrammes of cannabis on 3rd June 2022 and convicted by the court on 24th November 2022. Four other suspects: Inusa Ali, Yahaya Musa, Abba Audu, Ali Abubakar, and Bunu Kyari were also arrested at Gadar Tamburawa area of Kano last Monday for dealing in 75.3 kilogrammes of skunk.

He said while operatives of the Zone J Command of the agency seized 478 kilogrammes of cannabis in a forest in Ikere Ekiti last Friday, those of Ondo state command recovered a total of 928 kilogrammes of the same substance in a bush by Shagari market, along Ifon-Owo express road, and Ibola camp, Ipele forest.

In Borno state, a suspect, Sani Mohammed, 31, was arrested on Saturday 21st October with 182 kilogrammes of cannabis at Njimtilo, along Maiduguri – Damaturu road.

Babafemi said Commands across the 36 states and the FCT equally continued their War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, sensitisation lectures in schools, communities, work places and others. Some of these include: WADA sensitisation lecture for students of Ogborhill Secondary School, Aba, Abia state;  WADA sensitisation lecture to Students of Nana Aisha Memorial Islamiyya Secondary School, Buba-Shongo, Gombe; WADA sensitisation lecture at Awe High School, Awe, same at Smiles and Surprises Academy, Onna, Akwa Ibom;  WADA sensitisation lecture for students of Sango High School, Ijoko, Ogun state while the Zone C Command of NDLEA along with Kwara state command also had WADA sensitisation town hall meeting with principals of secondary schools from five local government areas of the state.

Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd) while commending the arrests and seizures of the past week by officers and men of the NAIA, MMIA, Imo, Ondo, Kano, Edo, Zone J Commands as well as those of DOGI, charged them and their compatriots across all formations of the Agency to continue to remain vigilant and double their efforts especially with the desperation of criminal networks to make money by all means towards the end of the year season.

Michael Olugbode in Abuja

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