One 38-year-old Mr Eze has been arraigned at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Okey Eze with 350 wraps of cocaine with an estimated street value of ₦2.3 billion. The 38-year-old Eze who professed to be a tiler was nabbed on Wednesday by the agency hails from Oji river in Enugu State.
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“The illicit drug weighing 7.70 kilogrammes was concealed in eight packs tucked in different parts of his luggage.
“In his confession, Eze, a resident of Bamako, Mali, said he had travelled to Mali through Seme border in Badagry, Lagos state since 2019.
“He further claimed that he came into Nigeria with the drug because he needed to raise money to take care of his late elder brother’s four children.
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“The suspect also claimed he asked his friend who is resident in Brazil to assist him with some money but (the friend) declined and instead told him to pick up a bag with the drugs from a friend of his in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a fee of N500, 000 on successful delivery to someone whose contact would be sent to him on arrival in Nigeria.
“He also said the bag containing the drugs was given to him on Wednesday morning at Addis Ababa airport.”
Chairman/ Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended officers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport command for their vigilance.
Eze was arrested on Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 during an inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian airline flight number 911 en route Bamako-Addis Ababa- Abuja.