NDLEA nabs drug baron, seizes cocaine worth N8bn

NDLEA nabs drug baron, seizes cocaine worth N8bn

By Hassan Zaggi

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a Brazil-based drug baron, Ejiofor Enwereaku, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

Cocaine worth N8bn was seize from him together with $24,500 cash.

The NDLEA Director of Publicity and Media, Femi Babalola, disclosed this in a statement, Sunday.

According to the statement, Enwereaku was arrested at the Lagos airport on Friday for importing 27.95 kilogrammes of cocaine in a travelling bag.

“On May 8, 2021, narcotic agents at MMIA intercepted a bag that arrived in Lagos from Brazil through Ethiopia, which contained 27.95kg of cocaine and was disclaimed by the owner.

“A follow up on the bag ownership led to the arrest of the suspect upon his arrival from Ethiopia on Friday,” the statement reads.

The statement revealed that, Enwereaku leads a syndicate that specialises in planting drugs in the bags of innocent travelers.

In order to compromise the investigation, the statement revealed that the suspect offered a bribe of $24,500 to the NDLEA, which was seized from him.

The Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. General Buba Marwa (retd), who had monitored the investigation, commended the operatives for their diligence and resilience in tackling the drug baron.

“I have warned that we will henceforth not only go after the traffickers but, with the same vigour, target the cartels and the kingpins that operate them.

“The latest arrest is a clear confirmation that we will match our words with action and that we will come for those who will not back out of the criminal trade,” Gen. Marwa, reiterated.

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