The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a Brazilian returnee, Igwedum Uche Benson, at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos with pellets of cocaine concealed in his private part.
Igwedum was arrested at the Lagos airport on Monday, June 20, upon his arrival on Ethiopian Airlines from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa.
Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in Abuja that preliminary investigations revealed the suspect had swallowed 50 wraps of cocaine before departing Brazil and excreted 48 pellets in Addis Ababa where he handed them over to another person.
The suspect, however, claimed he was unable to excrete the remaining two wraps at the hotel room in Addis Ababa before boarding his flight but later excreted them in the aircraft restroom during the flight from Ethiopia to Lagos.
Also, after three weeks of painstaking investigation and tracking, operatives of the MMIA command of NDLEA on Saturday, June 25, arrested a drug kingpin, Onyekachi Chukwuma Macdonald, who was behind attempts to export 40 parcels of Methamphetamine, popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri, to London, United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport.
The NDLEA spokesman said, “Onyekachi was arrested at Manacola estate, Alakuko area of Lagos at the weekend, three weeks after his Mkpuru Mmiri consignment weighing 2.05kgs was intercepted at the airport and his freight agent, Peter Christopher Anikan arrested on 7th June.
“During his interview, the suspect said he is from Ahiazu, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State and had lived in Dubai, UAE for 10 years before returning to Nigeria in 2019.”
Onyekachi said after his return to Nigeria, he opened a phone accessories shop in Sango Otta, Ogun State but the business collapsed.
The NDLEA also revealed that a consignment of 2kg Mkpuru Mmiri was seized at a courier house in Owerri, Imo State while operatives arrested two kingpins behind the importation of two recent drug consignments from Canada concealed in vehicle containers through the Tincan seaport in Apapa, Lagos.