Maduabuchi Chinedu, a 32 year-old Nigerian based in Liberia has been arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), with 9.30 Kilograms of Cocaine, said to be worth over N2.7 Billion in street value.
The suspect said lives in Liberia where he works as a miner. He was arrested during an inward joint search of Ethiopian Airlines flight 911 at the Abuja airport on Wednesday, The substance were in pellets of candy wraps, concealed in his luggage.
The suspect claimed he left Nigeria in 2018 to settle in Liberia, where he now has a residence permit. However, he said “Economic pressure and the need to raise money to treat his mother for an eye problem led him to seek help from a friend in Liberia who introduced him to another friend based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who eventually gave him the drug to deliver in Abuja for a fee of N1million.”
He added that he was initially scheduled to deliver the drug in Ivory Coast but was re-routed to Nigeria at the last minute.
Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) has commended the Airport Command for their vigilance and synergy with other Security in the line of duty.
He charged his men to always remain two steps ahead of people he describes as “Merchants of death, who are daily getting more desperate to make money at the expense of the image of the country and Nigerians’ wellbeing”.
Credit: Eons Intelligence
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