The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has intercepted 22 blocks of heroin weighing 23.55 kilograms concealed in packs of baby food at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
The Director, Media Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
He said the consignments, worth over N4.5bn, were flown in from South Africa on board a South African Airways flight on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
The statement read in part, “After a series of follow-up operations that led to the arrest of two freight agents, the actual receiver of the drug consignment, Chike Okeke Eweni, who distributes the substance for his South Africa-based partner, was arrested the following day, Thursday, June 30, at a logistics warehouse on Ajao Estate, Ikeja. Chike, who hails from Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, claimed during a preliminary interview that he’s also into fish farming.”
The NDLEA also said it arrested one Muyiwa Bolujoko, who used to work with a public transport company, on Monday, June 29, 2022, for ingesting 90 pellets of cocaine.
“He was arrested at the screening point before boarding a Qatar Airways flight en route Doha to Sharjah, with his trip expected to terminate in Dubai, UAE.
“The 39-year-old from Ijebu South LGA, Ogun State, was placed under excretion observation after a body scan result confirmed drug ingestion.
“While in custody, the suspect excreted all the 90 pellets in four excretions. He claimed he left his N60,000 per month job as a BRT driver in February and decided to work as a drug courier to raise funds to buy a shuttle bus, popularly called Korope in Lagos, to continue his transport business.
“Meanwhile, in Rivers State, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, June 29, arrested a 68-year-old woman, Mrs Celina Ekeke, at Obunku community, Oyigbo LGA, with 231.2kg cannabis, while one Shedrack Eze was arrested the following day, Thursday, June 30, at Yankarfe, Zaria, Kaduna State, with 250,000 tablets of Exol 5, weighing 75kg,” the statement added.