The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency intercepted 22 blocks of heroin weighing 23.55 kilogrammes hidden in packs of Nestle Cerelac baby food at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos.
According to the NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in his statement on Sunday, the consignment with a street value of over N4.5billion came from Johannesburg, South Africa on board South African Airways flight on Wednesday 29th June as part of a consolidated cargo that arrived the SAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport.
He said that after a series of follow-up operations, two freight agents, and the actual receiver of the drug consignment, Chike Okeke Eweni was arrested the following day, Thursday 30th June at a logistics warehouse in Ajao Estate, Ikeja.
Chike, who distributes the substance for his South Africa-based partner, hails from Anaocha LGA, Anambra state.
Babafemi said that during a preliminary interview, Chike also claimed to be into fish farming.
Also, before the arrest of Chike, NDLEA officers at the airport had on Monday 27th June arrested a former driver with a public transport company, BRT.
The driver, Muyiwa Babalola Bolujoko was caught for ingesting 90 pellets of cocaine.
“He was arrested at the screening point before boarding a Qatar Airways flight en route Doha to Sharjah, with his trip expected to terminate in Dubai, UAE”, Babafemi said.
“The 39-year-old from Ijebu South LGA, Ogun State, was placed under excretion observation after a body scan result confirmed drug ingestion.
“While in custody, the suspect excreted all the 90 pellets in four excretions.
“He claimed he left his N60,000 per month job as BRT driver in February and decided to work as a drug courier to raise funds to buy a shuttle bus popularly called ‘Korope’ in Lagos to continue his transport business”, Babafemi said.
In the same vein, operatives also on Thursday 30th June intercepted an inbound consignment of khat leaves, which arrived at the NAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport on Royal Air Maroc flight from the Middle East.
Babafemi said a total of 71 cartons of dried khat leaves with a gross weight of 2,434.3 kg were discovered in the cargo.
He further disclosed that their anti-narcotic officers also last Thursday seized 36 parcels of Colorado, a variant of cannabis with a total weight of 19.30kg.
The Colorado was said to have arrived at the NAHCO import shed from Los Angeles, US on a Delta Airlines flight.
“After a series of follow-up operations in which four persons were arrested, the actual owner of the drug consignment, Abibu Afis Sola was eventually nabbed on Friday 1st July in the Gbagada area of Lagos,” the NDLEA spokesman said.
Meanwhile, in Rivers state, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 29th June arrested a 68-year-old woman, Mrs. Celina Ekeke at Obunku community, Oyigbo LGA with 231.2kg cannabis, while one Shedrack Eze, was arrested the following day Thursday 30th June at Yankarfe, Zaria, Kaduna state with 250,000 tablets of Exol 5, weighing 75kg.
In Borno state, Usman Haruna, 27, was arrested at BCG checkpoint in Biu on Saturday 2nd July with 19.7kg cannabis.