The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 22 blocks of heroin with a street value of approximately N4.5 billion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
The NDLEA claimed in a statement released on Sunday in Abuja by the Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, that the shipment, which was hidden in boxes of Nestle Cerelac baby food, weighed 23.55 kg.
According to him, the shipment arrived at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) import shed of the Lagos airport on Wednesday, June 29, as part of consolidated cargo that was transported there by a South African Airways flight from Johannesburg, South Africa.
“After a series of follow up operations that led to the arrest of two freight agents, the actual receiver of the drug consignment was Chike Eweni.
“Eweni who distributes the substance for his South Africa based partner was arrested the following day, Thursday June 30, at a logistics warehouse in Ajao Estate, Ikeja.
“The suspect who hails from Anaocha LGA, Anambra, claims, during preliminary interview, that he is also into fish farming,” he said.
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Mr. Babafemi claimed that on Monday, June 27, NDLEA agents at the airport had detained Muyiwa Bolujoko, a former driver for the BRT public transportation system, for eating 90 cocaine pellets before detaining Eweni.
According to him, Bolujoko was detained at the security checkpoint before boarding a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Sharjah, with his intended final destination being Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
He went further to say that a body scan result confirmed drug ingestion, and the 39-year-old from Ijebu South LGA, Ogun, was placed under excretion observation.
“While in custody, the suspect excreted all the 90 pellets in four excretions.
“He claimed he left his N60,000 per month job as BRT driver in February, and decided to work as drug courier, to raise funds to buy a shuttle bus popularly called ‘Korope’ in Lagos to continue his transport business,” he said.