The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has foiled attempts by a drug cartel to import illicit substances into Nigeria and export them to the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates via the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, and the Tincan seaport in Lagos.
NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi in a statement issued on Sunday, said that at the Lagos airport, a freight agent; Ogunsina Damilare was arrested on Friday 6th January following a bid to export 1.5 kilograms of skunk hidden in foodstuffs to Dubai, UAE through the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA.
According to Babafemi, a similar attempt to ship 11.5kgs of the same substance to the United Kingdom was also frustrated when the consignment concealed in a giant wooden sculpture was intercepted by NDLEA operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOGI) at a courier company in Lagos. “Curiously, the latter emanated from Ghana with London as the destination”, he said.
Babafemi stated that a shipment of 24.5 kilogrammes of cannabis indica to Nigeria from Montreal, Canada was intercepted by operatives at the Tincan port in Lagos,
He added that an N8 million bribe offered by the importer to NDLEA officers has been secured in an account for the prosecution of the case.
He said, “while the importer, Cedrick Maduweke is still at large, one of his accomplices, Steve Isioma Adigwe has been arrested. The consignment was hidden in a used Toyota Sienna vehicle that arrived at the port along with three other cars in a container marked MSMU 5082733”.
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