By Kucha Jeremiah, Abuja
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted and seized consignments of heroin and khat with a street value of over N10billion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos and the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) Kano.
In a statement today, the director, media and advocacy, NDLEA headquarters, Femi Babafemi said “A freight agent presented a cargo from South Africa with an Ethiopian Airline ET 3901 Airway Bill no: 071-40689003 for examination to NDLEA operatives during cargo examination at SAHCO Import Shed at the MMIA, Lagos.
“The officers subsequently conducted a search of the cargo during which a suspected brownish substance was discovered concealed inside a red bag popularly called ‘Ghana-must-go’.
“During preliminary interview of the suspect, it was gathered that another freight agent sub-contracted the clearing job to him and eventually six suspects have so far been arrested in follow up operations, while the substance had tested positive to heroin with a total weight of 24.05kg.”
The statement revealed further that another consignment in the consolidated cargo has also proven to be methamphetamine with a weight of 1.25kg, bringing the total weight of illicit drugs seized in the cargo to 25. 3kg.
“Although the cargo arrived the airport in the evening of 16th April and was properly searched the following day, 17th April, a follow up operations leading to a number of arrests lasted till weekend.”
Babafemi said the commander, MMIA command of the agency, Ahmadu Garba said “The heroin and methamphetamine consignments were tagged in different names to deceive our officers but we still uncovered them and neutralised their plot.”
In a similar development, the NDLEA command at MAKIA Kano has also intercepted and seized a consignment meant for export to Manchester, United Kingdom at its Cargo shed.
“A sample of the suspected substance in the consignment was sent for laboratory analysis, and the result that came out tested positive for khat, weighing 36kg.
“This brings the total weight of illicit drugs seized at the two international airports to 61.3kg.”
According to the acting commander, MAKIA command of NDLEA, Mohammed Ajiya, “Further investigations is ongoing to ascertain the true owners of the illegal consignment.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA on today Sunday, 25th April 2021 commended the officers and men of the Lagos and Kano airports commands for not allowing the illicit substances escape their watch either into Nigeria or foreign jurisdictions.
He assured them that he would continue to do his best to improve their welfare and take the anti-drug law enforcement agency to an enviable height.