A 29-year-old South African, Erasmus Jean – Pierre, has been apprehended at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA Abuja in an attempt to export 2.6 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in his luggage to the Middle East.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, intercepted the suspect during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 404 from Abuja to the Middle East via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
According to the NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi in a statement, a thorough search of his luggage led to the discovery of the whitish powdery illicit substance factory packed in different parts of the bag.
He said, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect arrived Lagos through Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on Saturday 19th August, came to Abuja on Tuesday 22nd August, and took possession of the brown bag containing the drug consignment on Wednesday 23rd August before heading to the Abuja airport for his flight out of Nigeria.
Giving other breakdown of arrests, Mr. Babafemi said, in Gombe state NDLEA officers on patrol along Darazo road recovered an abandoned Volkswagen Sharon vehicle marked GME 76 XD containing a total of 373,420 pills of opioids including tramadol and diazepam.
While operatives in Ogun state raided the home of a drug dealer, Ifeanyi Orji in Ibafo area of the state where 81,000 tablets of tramadol 225mg weighing 32.4kgs were recovered.
In Adamawa state, NDLEA operatives on Tuesday 22nd August recovered 60,000 pills of tramadol from a suspect, Ibrahim Abba, 25, who was travelling in a commercial Toyota Starlet car from Kalaa village to Mubi, while in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory, operatives intercepted two consignments of skunk with a gross weight of 1, 242.1 kilograms.
The first consignment of 665.1kgs was seized from a truck around Area 3 on Sunday 20th August while the second one weighing 577kgs was recovered during a stop and search operation along Lokoja- Abaji expressway same day.
“The consignment was concealed in Jumia goods delivery packs inside a container Mercedes truck, whose driver, Yusuf Yakubu Asokomhe, and his assistant, Tunde Ogundare, were arrested”.