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NDLEA Nabs Businessman With 9.40kg Of Heroin At Lagos Airport


Mar 9, 2023

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a businessman, Kingsley Celestino, for allegedly concealing 9.40 kilograms of heroin in false bottoms of his two travelling bags.

Kingsley, a business class passenger on Qatar Airline flight was arrested at Terminal 2 of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on Saturday March 4, on his way to India.

A statement by the NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, added that although a native of Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, the 49-year-old was travelling with a Guinean passport.

Babafemi said the suspect claimed that he deals in clothing business between Nigeria and India, adding he “obtained the Guinean passport in Guinea Bissau, where he said his mother came from.”

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old passenger travelling to Oman, Etounu Monday, was intercepted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on February 27 during the outward clearance of Ethiopian Airline flight ET 950.

The 24 years old was arrested while attempting to export 1.924kg of skunk concealed in cream tubes.

Babafemi added that at the Tincan seaport, Lagos, NDLEA operatives on March 3, recovered 244 parcels of Canadian Loud weighing 79 kilograms concealed in medium size wooden sound system speakers packed inside two out of four used vehicles in a container marked CRSU9258348 coming from Toronto via Montreal, Canada.

He said, “The imported vehicles was used as cover for the drugs are a 2009 Jeep Wrangler and a 2009 Honda Ridgeline.

“Similarly, NDLEA officers attached to courier firms in Lagos intercepted a consignment of nine parcels of methamphetamine concealed in native black soap, Dudu Osun, heading to Europe.

“No fewer than 778,190 pills of pharmaceutical opioids including tramadol and a drum of 270kg Methylene Chloride were recovered by operatives from a suspect, Eric Pepe Yohanna, 33, in Jalingo, Taraba State on February 27 following credible intelligence.

“Also seized from him is a Daylong tricycle used in distributing the illicit substances.

“In Adamawa State, the house of a wanted notorious drug dealer, Mamudu Njobdi, at Sebore, Gyalla road Dougada ward, Mubi was raided in the early hours of Monday, 27th February, where he was arrested and drug exhibits recovered. The 31-year-old suspect was earlier arrested on Wednesday 22nd February at his drug joint in Kolere water board but mobilized thugs to attack NDLEA officers and in the process escaped with exhibits.

The Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Marwa (Retd) commended the officers, men and women of anti- drug agency for their efforts.

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