Some few days after the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) raised a red flag on the Nigeria-Brazil route, officials of the anti-narcotic agency have arrested a 50-year-old computer merchant for being in possession of 16.09kg of cocaine.
The suspect was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during the inward screening of Etihad passengers from Brazil.
The illicit substance, with an estimated street value of N150 million, was concealed in 15 hand bags inside a luggage.
According to the Lagos Airport Commander of NDLEA, Hamza Umar, the suspect travelled with a Cameroonian passport under the name Nana Njamen Theophile.
“Investigation later revealed he hails from Anambra State with the name Okafor Godswill. The case is currently under investigation”, Umar stated.
The suspect in his statement said that he was paid $6,000 to transport the drug to Nigeria.
“I attended Boys Secondary School Nnewi, Anambra State. I sell computer accessories at Onitsha. I am married with two children.
“I needed money to pay my bills and there was no help. I agreed to bring the drug into Nigeria for $6,000”, the 50-year-old explained.