NDLEA operatives arrested one Chimamkpa Emenike (38) on Oct. 20 and one Agbo Chidike (41) on Oct. 21 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for ingesting hard drugs.
Emenike was jetting out to France with his ingested heroin while Chidike was on his way to Hong Kong with cocaine in his belly when they were arrested.
Director, Media and Advocacy at the NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi stated on Sunday in Abuja that Emenike was arrested at the boarding gate of the airport while attempting to board an Air France flight to Paris.
He added that Chidike was taken into custody on Oct. 21 while attempting to board an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Hong Kong via Addis Ababa.
“After days in custody, Emenike excreted 72 wraps of heroin weighing 1.171kg, while Chidike discharged 49 pellets of cocaine weighing 998.53gm.
“In his statement, Chidike claimed he is a businessman dealing in spare parts at the Alaba International market in Ojo area of Lagos.
“Chidike was to be paid N3.5 million which he intended to use to import goods from Hong Kong,’’ Babafemi stated.
He added that NDLEA operatives intercepted a Qatar Airways passenger, Agbo Tochukwu, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on Wednesday, Oct. 25 while on his way to Oman.
The suspect had 58 parcels of skunk weighing 29.10kg on him while undergoing processes of boarding his flight.
“In his statement, Tochukwu claimed he migrated to Oman on May 6 and had been working as hotel attendant there before venturing into drug trafficking,’’ Babfemi stated.