Officers of the Nationwide Drug Law Enforcement Company (NDLEA), Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport Command, Abuja, have folied an attempt by a Nigerian, Okorie Cyprian Raymond, to allegedly smuggle 12.05 kilograms of cocaine into Nigeria.
The 38-yr suspect was arrested for the duration of the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline flight 911 from Sao Paulo, Brazil en-route Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
NDLEA spokesman, Jonah Achema, who verified the advancement in a assertion on Thursday November 19, reported the drug was meticulously packed in consume sachets of pineapple and lemon flavor and concealed in a go well with scenario.
Okorie experienced by now claimed his baggage on arrival and proceeded to NDLEA screening issue where by it was detected that a person of his baggage was stuffed with prohibited drugs suspected to be Cocaine.
“He claimed that the drug consignment was supplied to him to deliver in Nigeria by just one Uche whom he satisfied in Church in Brazil about three months in the past via a friend. Okorie explained Uche overheard him talk to his buddy about his impending journey to Nigeria.” claimed the spokesperson.
The suspect said: “I really did not have knowledge of what is in the bag. Oga Uche introduced the accommodate case to me at the airport just an hour before flight choose-off. This limited interval did not give me the chance to scrutinize the bag”.
Okorie, a college certification holder has been a resident of Sao Paulo given that 2015 the place he worked as a technician in brass installation Heart
“I experienced to leave my bicycle spare-areas small business in Nigeria for greener pasture in the Usa but opted to travel through Brazil, Mexico to America. My journey was aborted in Mexico from in which I was returned to Brazil where I was granted asylum.” the suspect claimed.
Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, NDLEA Commander, Abuja Airport observed that the 12.05 kilograms of Cocaine is a single of the maximum quantity seized by the Command in recent instances.
“We guarantee all travelers who involve by themselves in drug trafficking that they will not escape our drag web. We will keep on to sustain our vigilance.” he included.