Father Of 4 Arrested With 20.75kg Black Liquid Cocaine In Makeup Mascara At Abuja Airport

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As NDLEA recovers in Ogun 865.2kg drugs smuggled from the Benin Republic; 30,880 tablets of Tramadol, Diazepam, Exol-5 in Kaduna

For the first time in history, Okeke Adolphus Anayochukwu, a 52-year-old father of four children who claims to be a businessman, was apprehended with black liquid cocaine at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA Abuja, by NDLEA agents.

Okeke was apprehended with 20.75 kg of black liquid cocaine upon his arrival at the Abuja airport on Tuesday, March 15th, on board a Qatar Airways flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Abuja through Doha, Qatar. The liquid was discovered after a search of his two luggage, which was crammed with six smaller bags containing 32-makeup mascara that tested positive for cocaine.

Married with four children, the indigene of Oraifiti in Akwusigo local government area of Anambra State claims he was a businessman dealing in children wares before delving into the illicit drug business. He claimed he met the person who gave him the consignment to deliver in Nigeria for a fee of Two Million (N2, 000,000) Naira at a drinking joint in Brazil.

In other operations across the country, different quantities of various drugs were recovered from suspects. At least three persons: Tony Samson, Paul Adamu, and Reuben Waziri were arrested in Kaduna on Friday 18th March with 18,380 tablets of Tramadol, and 12,500 tablets of Diazepam and Exol-5 tablets.

In Anambra, NDLEA operatives on Thursday 17th March intercepted a bus with reg. No AGU 460 ZW, at Obosi bridge heading to Aba, Abia state from Onitsha. Upon search, seven and a half jumbo sacks of cannabis weighing 362kg were recovered while the driver, Ifeanyi Anyamele admitted to being the owner of the drug exhibits.

The previous day, Wednesday 16th March, narcotic officers in Ogun state recovered 865.2kg of cannabis sativa around Otapele- Obada road in Imeko-Afon LGA. The consignment was brought in from the Benin Republic on motorbikes for onward transportation to Lagos and Abeokuta. The same day, operatives in the state arrested Bello Ibrahim, 38, with 312.4kg of cannabis sativa at Ogere tollgate, Ikenne LGA.

While commending officers and men of the NAIA, Kaduna, Anambra and Ogun state Commands of the Agency for their vigilance and diligence, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them and their counterparts across the country to always remain steps ahead of the tricks of drug traffickers and barons.

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