February 3, 2023

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NDLEA arrests lady with 35 wraps of cocaine hidden in underwear at Lagos airport

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a lady who hid 35 wraps of cocaine in her underwear.

Director, Media & Advocacy of the agency, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this in a statement said the suspect, Edith Ebere Okafor, was apprehended on Saturday July 31 during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cote d’Ivoire to Monrovia, Liberia, from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

During a preliminary interview, Ms Okafor claimed her desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking.

“Earlier on Tuesday July 27, another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul, was arrested at Gate A Departure Hall of the MMIA during outward clearance of EgyptAir flight to Turkey with 78grams of cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaves.

“On the same day, another intending male passenger, Egbon Osarodion, going to Milan, Italy, was arrested at the airport’s Gate A Departure Hall during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt Air with different quantities of 225 mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethylene bag,” the statement said.

Also, acting on credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives from Kontagora Area Command in the early hours of Thursday July 29, 2021 raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State, where drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.

After a thorough search of the warehouse, 125 bags of cannabis sativa were recovered, while a man seen praying in front of the house fled into the forest when he sighted the narcotic officers from afar.

The Chairman/Chief executive of the NDLEA, Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd) commended the commanders, officers and men of the MMIA and the Niger State commands of the agency for their continued efforts in tracking down traffickers of illicit drugs in their areas of responsibility.

He charged them and their counterparts in other commands to remain focused and resolute in pursuit of the goal to rid Nigeria of illicit substances and drug-related criminalities.