The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a 38-year-old man, Godfrey Nwoye, at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, for concealing 1.283 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa inside garri on his way to Guangzhou, China.
Mr. Nwoye, who hails from Ukpommili Village in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, said he wanted to sell the cannabis in China and use the proceeds to buy goods.
Another suspect, Samuel Anele, a commercial tricycle rider aboard a flight to Bombay, India, was arrested with 4.892 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, the NDLEA said in a statement Wednesday.
Mr. Anele, 45, and other suspects were arrested for offences ranging from concealing illicit drugs in their luggage to ingesting the drugs, according to the NDLEA said.
The suspects were arrested on their way to Turkey, China, and Hong Kong with 8.876kg of various narcotic drugs.
“The suspects are helping our team of investigators,” said Nsikak-Abasi Udoh, NDLEA commander at the Enugu Airport.
Mr. Anele was caught with 4.892kg concealed in false bottom of his luggage aboard an Ethiopian Airline on the Enugu-Addis Ababa-Bombay route.
“Life is not fair to me. Every day it is one problem after another and the money I earn is not enough,” said Mr. Anele, from Ichi village, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.
“It was frustration that made me to smuggle drugs. They promised me that the drug has been properly hidden and that when I return they will pay me the sum of one million naira.
“At the airport, my bag was searched and the drug detected. Now I am now left alone to suffer.”
The other suspects, Emmanuel Chukwuebuka, was caught with 1.293kg of cocaine on his way to Istanbul, Turkey; and Eric Ukaeji was found with 1.408kg of cocaine on his way to Hong Kong.
Mr. Chukwuebuka, 31, hails from Ezioko in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. He ingested 1.293kg of substances that tested positive for cocaine. He was to depart Enugu to Istanbul through Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airline flight.
His reason for trafficking in drugs was to raise more money for his business, according to the NDLEA.
The suspect said that he would have received US$ 3,000 on arrival in Turkey. He is married with a child.
Mr. Ukaeji, 43, who hails from Ajali in Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra State ingested cocaine weighing 1.408 kilograms.
His route is Enugu-Addis Ababa-Hong Kong on an Ethiopian Airline, the NDLEA said.
Mr. Ukaeji said that he wanted to raise money for his business and the treatment of his sick daughter.
“I used to buy clothes from Hong Kong. I am married with three children. I dropped out of school in Junior Secondary class 3,” said Mr. Ukaeji.
“They promised to pay me 5,000 dollars on delivery in Hong Kong which I would have used to buy goods.”
Ahmadu Giade, the NDLEA Chairman, said that the Agency would continue to step up security checks at the nation’s entry and exit points.