NDLEA intercepts N8 billion cocaine, arrests drug kingpin at Lagos Airport



NDLEA intercepts N8 billion cocaine, arrests drug kingpin at Lagos Airport

Seizes $24,500 provided as bribe to compromise

A Brazil based mostly drug kingpin has been arrested by operatives of the Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company, NDLEA, who additionally
intercepted 36 blocks of cocaine, weighing 27.95 kilogrammes with a avenue worth of over N8billion on the Murtala Muhammed
Worldwide Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

The drug lord, Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku, who leads a syndicate was arrested on the airport on Friday 14th Could, 2021 for importing
27.95kg of cocaine utilizing their organised legal gang. which specialises in tagging/planting medication in harmless travellers’ baggage.

Primarily based on intelligence, narcotic brokers on the MMIA had on Saturday eighth Could, 2021 intercepted a bag that arrived the Lagos airport from GRU, Brazil by way of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the Ethiopian airline with baggage tag No- ET331199 however was disclaimed by an arriving passenger on the flight.

The disclaimed bag was promptly secured by NDLEA operatives for investigation. On Sunday, ninth Could, 2021, a person got here to the airport to make inquiry on learn how to get the disclaimed bag launched. He was promptly arrested for investigation.

The disclaimed bag was opened within the presence of the coming passenger and the person who got here to barter the discharge of the
disputed bag. When it was opened, it was discovered that the bag contained 36 blocks of cocaine, weighing 27.95kg. A observe up sting
operation was carried out, which led to the arrest of Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku, the prime suspect, on Friday 14th Could upon his arrival
from Addis Ababa onboard Ethiopian airline.

Throughout preliminary interrogation after his arrest, he confessed to have been contracted by his Ethiopian affiliate who’s a infamous
drug baron to assert and push out the consignment in Lagos, Nigeria.

He additional admitted to have paid the $24,500 bribe in three tranches to compromise NDLEA officers. The primary was $10,000 delivered by means of his consultant in Lagos and one other $10,000 by way of his First Checking account whereas the third tranche of $4,500 was paid on the level of his arrest.

His group is suspected to be liable for recruiting traffickers to maneuver illicit medication to varied locations utilizing Nigeria as their
transit location and in addition planting medication within the baggage of harmless travellers.

Impressed by the result of the intelligence-led operational methods that took weeks of painstaking efforts and carefully monitored by him, Chairman/Chief Government of NDLEA, Brig. Normal Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) recommended the Commander, MMIA Command of the company, Ahmadu Garba, his officers and males for his or her diligence and resilience in following up each lead within the case till the kingpin was efficiently entrapped and arrested.

I’ve warned that we ll henceforth not solely go after the traffickers however with the identical vigour goal the cartels and the kingpins that
function them; the most recent arrest is a transparent affirmation that effectively match our phrases with motion and that we ll come for individuals who won’t again out of the legal commerce, wherever they’re hiding pushing devices of demise by means of our borders to destroy the lives of our youths, Gen. Marwa said.



Femi Babafemi
Director, Media & Advocacy
NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja
23rd Could, 2021