Drugs Crime : Physically Challenged Woman, Others Arrested At Lagos, Abuja Airports

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have scuttled attempts by drug cartels to break through the security at Nigeria’s main airports in Lagos and Abuja with large consignments of assorted illicit substances with no fewer than 11 members of the syndicates arrested.

Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday, said that beside the 11 suspects, a 35-year-old physically challenged woman, Kasarachi Onumajuru, who hid under her condition to deal in drugs in Umudumaonu community in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State was also arrested on Saturday, May 28.

Babafemi said, “First on the list of those arrested in connection with the seizures at the two airports is Ofor Chima Chileobi who on Friday, May 20, attempted to export to Dubai, UAE, 200 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 30.20kg concealed in 40 sacks of bitter leaf through the SAHCO export shed at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

“Same day, 10 cartons of khat with a gross weight of 354.600kg were also seized at the NAHCO import shed of the airport. The following day, Sunday, May 29, a freight agent, Roland Orinami, was arrested by NDLEA operatives attached to the local wing of the Lagos airport with1.90kg loud, a variant of cannabis, factory-packed in bottles while trying to send same via flight to Abuja.”

According to him, a follow up operation in Abuja led to the arrest of a taxi driver, Nsikak Evans, sent to collect the consignment, and that his confession also led to the arrest of the actual owner, Adesanya Olakunle Isaac, at his house in Life Camp, Abuja.

According to Babafemi, Isaac who claims to be into ICT accepted ownership of the drug which he said was meant for a birthday party of one of his friends.

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