A 47-year-old man, Odili James Onyekwere has been arrested by operative of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, over unlawful exportation of illegal substance that tested positive for cocaine.
The arrest was made during the outward screening of passengers on a Kenyan Airways flight to Ivato International Airport Antananarivo, Madagascar. The suspect excreted 25 wraps of cocaine weighing 270 grammes.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba said that this is the first seizure of cocaine destined for Madagascar at the airport this year.
“This is the first arrest and seizure in the year heading to Madagascar from this airport. The suspect, Odili James Onyekwere successfully excreted twenty-five (25) wraps of cocaine which he ingested while under close observation. He is cooperating with our team of investigators and the case will soon be charged to court” The commander stated.
In his statement, the suspect blamed his involvement in drug trafficking on economic hardship.
“I am married with two children and I sell shoes in Lome, Togo. As a result of the economic downturn, my capital kept depreciating until I lost everything. This is my first time of smuggling drugs. It was the frustration of not being able to provide for my wife and two children that made me to smuggle cocaine. They promised to pay me a thousand dollars” he told officials.
The suspect hails from Rivers State.