TWO businessmen in the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) custody have excreted 193 pellets of illicit drugs after three days in custody.
The two men were arrested by operatives of the NDLEA at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, for cocaine ingestion.
This was disclosed in a statement by the NDLEA director of Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday, May 14.
The anti-narcotic agency said that the traffickers – Onoh Ebere, 49, and 47-year-old Christian Ifeanyi Ogbuji – were intercepted at the Abuja airport on Wednesday, May 10 upon their arrival from Uganda via Addis Ababa, onboard Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 951.
Babafemi added that even though both suspects had businesses they manage in Nigeria, their primary source of income had been drug trafficking.
“They both travelled to Uganda and from there crossed over to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where they picked the consignments before returning to Abuja with Lagos as their final destination. After days in the excretion room, Ebere Onoh excreted a total of 100 pellets weighing 2.137kg, while Christian Ifeanyi Ogbuji expelled 93 pellets hidden in his stomach with a gross weight of 1.986kg,” the NDLEA said.
Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives have raided two notorious drug joints – the Zaro bunk in Bama Road, Sabongari, and the Sani Abacha indoor stadium, both in the Kano metropolis – where a total of 160 suspects were arrested with different quantities of illicit substances.
The agency said two suspects – Abubakar Sallau, 55, and 25-year-old Nazifi Abdullahi – were arrested on Saturday, May 13, along the Kano-Maiduguri road, with 5,000 pills of Tramadol 200mg.