Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday arrested one Okey Eze allegedly with N2.3 billion worth of cocaine at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The drug was in 350 wraps, NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi said in a statement in Abuja yesterday.
Babafemi said the 38-year-old suspect, who claimed to be a tiler, was arrested during an inward clearance of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Bamako, Mali.
“The illicit drug weighing 7.70kg was concealed in eight packs tucked in different parts of his luggage. In his confession, Eze, a resident of Bamako, Mali, said he travelled to Mali through Seme border in Badagry, Lagos State since 2019. He further claimed that he came into Nigeria with the drug because he needed to raise money to take care of his late elder brother’s four children.
“The suspect claimed he asked his friend resident in Brazil to assist him with some money but declined and instead told him to pick up a bag with the drugs from a friend of his in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a fee of N500,000 on successful delivery to someone whose contact would be sent to him on arrival in Nigeria.”