Incorrigible! From Brazil prison to NDLEA net

A Brazil returnee, Okechukwu Francis Amaechi, has landed in the waiting hands of operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) at the Port-Harcourt International Airport.

The gathered that 24 parcels of cocaine concealed in 12 tyres of lawn mowers were found with the suspect alleged to have just completed a jail term for drug trafficking in Brazil.

Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi further revealed that luck betrayed the 45-year old indigene of Idemili South Local Government, Anambra State on Saturday, May 7, 2022 on his arrival via Doha onboard Qatar Airline flight QR1433.

Babafemi explained, “Preliminary investigations revealed Okechukwu who was arrested and convicted in Brazil for drug offences, completed serving his jail sentence in March 2022, after which he decided to return to Nigeria with three new lawn mowers where he concealed 24 parcels of cocaine weighing 4.56kg.

“Curiously, each parcel concealed in the tyres of the three lawn mowers bears some unique inscriptions, which are believed to be means of identification of the owners of the drug.

“The two parcels in one of the tyres of the first lawn mower bear “O LORD” and “HAVE MERCY”. The parcels in one of the tyres of the second mower bears the inscription “IN GOD” and “WE TRUST”, while the third mower has “IJIOMA” and “186.6” inscribed on the two parcels hidden in one of its tyres.”

The media director also said that the suspect had claimed that one of his church members gave him the lawn mowers to deliver to his brother in Port Harcourt.

READ MORE  Crimes are local, reveals vigilante boss

“In other operations across Zamfara, Kogi, Rivers, Kaduna and Kano state, no fewer than 37, 876 tablets of pharmaceutical opioids especially Tramadol; 10,884 bottles of codeine and 825.016 kilograms of cannabis sativa were recovered during raids in the past week.

“In Zamfara state, a Mercedes Benz truck with reg. no. XB 986 AGB from Onitsha to Sokoto was intercepted in Tsafe area on Friday 20th May. Apart from the driver and his assistant that were arrested, three other persons: Alex Chukwuemeka, 37; Ignatius Mokwe Odikpo, 47 and Andrew Chijokwe, 47 who are owners of the drug exhibits were arrested in a follow up operation at a hotel in Gusau while waiting to receive the consignment for possible movement to Sokoto. Seized from them include: 9,900 bottles of codeine, 599.3kg cannabis and 15,889 tablets of other opioids.

“In Kogi state, a fake security agent, Richard Agada was arrested on Wednesday 18th May while conveying 10 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 116.8kg in a white Nissan van. Various quantities of opioids and cannabis were equally seized in two separate operations the previous Tuesday and Monday in other parts of the state with the arrest of a drug dealer, Ayuba Nda Isah, 32.

“Three suspects: Nornu Abanne; Yirakpoa Emmanuel and Dornu Gbarazia were arrested at Kaani community and Bori with 90kg cannabis and 1.5gram of Cocaine on Wednesday 18th May. In Kaduna, three suspects: Nura Salis, Bawa Musa and Charity Jacob were arrested on Tuesday 17th of May at Warri Street within the state capital with 4,900 tablets of Tramadol, 890 ampoules of Diazepam injection, 257 ampoules of pentazocine injection, 1,950 tablets of Nitrazepam and 830 tablets of Carbazapine,” he confirmed.

READ MORE  Kidnapping: security expert reveals fresh secret

Similarly, in Kano state, Babafemi disclosed that a drug dealer, Abubakar Abdullahi, 47, with 5,970 capsules and tablets of Tramadol was arrested, just as the duo of Nasiru Musa and Musa Mohammed were picked with 5,000 caps of the same drug on Tuesday May, 17, 2022.

“While commending the officers and men of PHIA, Zamfara, Kogi, Rivers, Kaduna and Kano commands of the Agency for the arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said the war against drug abuse and trafficking is one that must be won. He therefore charged all commands of the Agency to remain on the offensive against the cartels as they take advocacy messages to communities and schools,” he stated.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.