Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja have arrested a 44-year-old father of three, Gabriel Anthony Patrick, for ingesting 96 pellets of cocaine.
He has since excreted the drugs in the custody of the agency.
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Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in Abuja that Gabriel, a native of Nike in Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu State, was arrested on Friday 26 November during an outward clearance of Turkish Airline at the boarding screening area of the airport en route Abuja-Istanbul-Madrid.
“He had travelled to Germany in 1996 for two years on asylum after which he relocated to Spain in 1999 where he currently holds a residence permit and works as a driver in a food manufacturing company.
“He claimed he came into Nigeria on 17th November to sell cloths and car spare parts he shipped to Lagos earlier.
“He however said he couldn’t sell his consignments, which cost him 4,000 Euros excluding the cost of shipment because they were priced below the cost price at Ladipo market in Lagos and he needed to travel back to Spain to resume work after the expiration of his annual leave,” Babafemi said.
The suspect said this led him to accept an offer to traffic the drug for which he would be paid 1,500 Euros when he successfully delivers the consignment to someone in Spain.
He also claimed he left Lagos for Enugu to see his family and then travelled on 25 November to Onitsha, Anambra State where he was picked from Upper Iweka park at night and taken to a house where he was given the 96 pellets of cocaine to ingest before leaving for Abuja to board his flight to Madrid the following day.
In the same vein, NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos have arrested one Okorie Godwin Onyeribe over his attempt to export 21.85kg of cannabis concealed in foodstuff to London, UK.
He was nabbed at the NAHCO export shed of the airport on Friday 3rd December.
Meanwhile, five students of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, Adamawa State and the University of Maiduguri, Borno State are among suspects arrested for drug offences in raids across nine states in the last week.
Two of the students; Emmanuel Thlama and Jonah Joshua, were arrested with 16.750kg cannabis on the night of 30th November when operatives raided a settlement opposite Gate 4 of the University of Maiduguri.
The other three, all AUN undergraduate students: Ekene Asher; Daniel Alkali and Emmanuel Smooth, were arrested at 11:30pm on Thursday 2nd December, after taking delivery of Loud, a strong variant of cannabis ordered by Ekene for them to smoke.