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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has discovered substances suspected to be methamphetamine inside native clothe called Asho-Oke. Eight suspected drug traffickers were also apprehended with a total of 10.635kg of narcotics. The arrests and seizures took place at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. One of the suspects, Tembo Gideon aka Benson Okechukwu a Nigerian travelling to Thailand with a Zambian passport concealed 2.522kg of methamphetamine inside native clothe.
The breakdown of drugs recovered includes 4.460kg of methamphetamine, 4.030kg of heroin and 2.145kg of cocaine. Apart from one of the suspects caught attempting to smuggle 3.455kg of heroin from India, others were going outside the country with different quantities of drugs.
NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr Hamza Umar gave the names of the suspects as Onyekwere Wisdom Chinedu, 26years, Obinna Christian Chigbo, 37years, Muogbo Uchechukwu Sixtius, 25years, Tembo Gideon aka Benson Okechukwu, 25years and Orabusinze Chukwuka Joseph, 28years. Others are Ogbonnaya Kalu Robert, 54years, Obiorah Celestine Nonso, 31years and Udeh Lazarus Makwe, 44years.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade in his Sallah message urged members of the public to shun drug trafficking and criminal acts capable of truncating their God ordained destinies. In his words, “it is sad that these suspected drug traffickers are behind bars when they ought to be with their families this festive season. Drug trafficking and other criminal acts will only lead to misery, shame and unfulfilled dreams”.
The suspects will be charged to court soon.