A 47-year-old Adibe Baloba has been apprehended by the officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu State for allegedly ingesting 74 wraps of Cocaine.
Baloba who was on his way to China was caught while doing the outward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight.
The NDLEA commander at the Enugu airport, Adeofe Adeyemi was quoted as saying that the drugs ingested by the suspect weighed
“A second suspect, Onyechi Esonwunne, was caught attempting to send a luggage containing cannabis to China through an unsuspecting passenger. The cannabis was carefully prepared inside packs of noodles to avoid detection. Investigating officers are working hard on the cases and the suspects will soon be charged to court,” Adeofe said.
After a preliminary investigation, the agency reported that Esonwunne, had been deported from China in 2008 and May 2016.
Adibe who made a statement said, “Hardship and Nigeria’s bad economy forced me into drug trafficking. The exchange rate is very high and I hardly get money to take care of my family. My sponsor promised to pay me the sum of $5,000 to take the drug to China. But I was arrested before I could board my flight,
“I am a trader but due to the economic downturn, I turned to cannabis smuggling to cope,” he said.
Muhammad Abdallah, the NDLEA Chairman has warned the general public to beware of the people they render help to especially when It has to do with collecting consignments.