The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has recently arrested. Obazee Timothy Eguagie, a Toronto bound traveler, at the Lagos Airport with varying amounts of opioids.
The agency, through a statement recently signed by its Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said the intercepted shipment included a total of 22,840 tramadol 225 mg tablets; 1000 tramadol 200 mg tablets; 2,300 tramadol 100 mg capsules and 60 Rohypnol1 mg tablets.
According to Babafemi, the NDLEA agents working at the airport’s NAHCO import shed also seized eight boxes of shoes from Los Angeles, USA, with 37 packets of cannabis concealed in the shoes.
He said “A careful inspection of the cargo revealed that a total of 37 packets of cannabis with a gross weight of 20.10 kilos were concealed by the shoes. A freight agent employed to clear the illegal consignment, in the person of a 63-year-old Balogun Akinlabi Abideen, has already been detained”.
Similarly, Babafemi revealed that another suspect, Onyebi Benjamin Chimaobi, a frequent traveler to Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Uganda, was arrested at the Iba, Ojo neighborhood in Lagos in connection with the discovery of a 19.70kg stash of cocaine abandoned on an Ethiopian Airlines flight that had landed at the Lagos Airport on Thursday, 9 February.
The package, according to Chimaobi, was provided to him in a black backpack bag on the plane in Addis Ababa, but he failed to disembark with it upon arrival in Lagos, thus sent to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for Chimaobi to pick up.
To unravel particulars of the traveler that brought the shipment to Nigeria, the agency deployed pertinent intelligence and investigative tools, leading to the eventual revelation of Chimaobi and his location at Victory Estate, Iba, where he was apprehended.
Commending the officers and men of MMIA, DOGI, Plateau, Sokoto, Kaduna and Kwara Commands of the agency for the arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) noted that their efforts and those of their compatriots across the country have in no small measure reduced access to and availability of illicit substances in Nigerian communities, as he charged them to remain vigilant at all times.