An Uber driver and, 2 traffickers were apprehended with cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) .
In a statement released in Abuja by Mr Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, he stated that the Uber driver, identified as Lawal Tunde Rasheed, was arrested at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO), export shed of MMIA on Tuesday, June 8.
He further stated that Rasheed was arrested when he brought a consignment from his client to a freight forwarder for export to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.
”A follow up operation on the following day, led to the arrest of one Egbo Emmanuel Maduka, at his residence on Wednesday, June 9.
“Investigations have so far confirmed that Egbo is behind the two seisures of 50grammes of cocaine in hair attachment and another 150grammes of cocaine concealed in air freshener, heading to Malabo.
“The seisures were made on June 4 and June 8.
“Also on Friday, June 11, a male passenger, Udogwu James Johnson, on Qatar Airlines from GRU in Brazil was arrested at D-arrival hall, MMIA, Lagos with nine wraps of cocaine that weighed 300grammes in his pants,’’
In a similar development, Ali Mohammed, a 27 year old final year Petroleum Engineering student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Bauchi State has been arrested with 3.032kg of cannabis Sativa at a motor park in Iddo, Lagos, following a tip-off on Thursday 10th June 2021.
According to Ali’s explanation upon interrogation, he said that while on his way to the motor park in Iddo, from Obalende where he lives, he met an acquaintance, Ahmed who upon learning that he was travelling back to ATBU, Bauchi via Kano implored him (the suspect) to help deliver a travel bag containing the seized 3.032kg of cannabis Sativa to one Ugo who lives in Sabon Gari, Kano.
Ahmed told Ali that he would send Ugo’s phone number to him through SMS to facilitate the delivery of the consignment when he arrives in Kano.
Ali has not denied the fact that he is aware that the bag contains drugs.
However, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brigadier Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the MMIA and Lagos state Commands of the Agency for the feats while charging the officers and men of the two Commands not to rest on their oars.