Five kilogrammes of high grade illicit substance, which tested positive for heroin, has been abandoned by a suspected drug trafficking syndicate at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos.
The drug was concealed inside praying rugs imported from Pakistan.
The discovery was made yesterday by eagle-eyed operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, during inward screening of cargoes on a Qatar Airline flight.
The agency also arrested a 29-year-old man, Osigwe Kelvin Uchenna, for ingesting nine wraps of methamphetamine weighing 400 grammes at the airport.
The Lagos Airport Commander of NDLEA, Mr. Hamza Umar, said the physical examination of the consignment was carried out in the presence of other security agents.
He said: “The consignment was given 100 per cent physical examination in the presence of customs and other security agents.
“During the search, we found 35 sachets of brown powdery substance that tested positive for heroin concealed in praying rugs. A trader was also arrested for ingesting methamphetamine”.
The arrested suspect, Osigwe Kelvin Uchenna, who had lived in Gabon for 10 years, tested positive for drug ingestion.
While he was under observation, Uchenna excreted nine wraps of methamphetamine weighing 400 grammes.
In his statement, the suspect said: “This is my first time of smuggling drugs. I feel sad because my pastor warned me against crime.
“He told me that I will be successful in life but I must avoid drug trafficking, fraud and other crimes in order to actualise God’s plan for my life”.
The suspect, who is a primary school certificate holder, is single and hails from Imo State.
Reacting to the development, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said Nigeria is winning the drug war against all odds.
He said: “Nigeria is winning the anti-narcotic crusade against all odds. Drug cartels only abandon their drugs when the operating environment is inclement.
“This is a sign of effective security checks which is good for the country. The NDLEA will continue to intercept drugs through advance surveillance techniques”.
The NDLEA boss, who ordered an investigation into the cases, promisedthat all suspects would be charged to court.