My love for money made me to ingest 69 wraps of cocaine — Suspect

Drugs used to illustrate the story.

A suspected drug trafficker, Emeka Okafor, has said he went into narcotics trade to get enough money to rent a shop and invest in his business.

Mr. Okafor, 28, was among three suspects arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The NDLEA said, in a statement on Friday, that it also arrested a suspect smuggling ephedrine inside female footwears to Tanzania.

“The names of the suspected drug traffickers are Ogujiuba Zacchaeus, 48 years old electrician caught exporting 26.6kg of ephedrine to Tanzania; Uchegbu Emeka, 33 years old textile merchant smuggling 305 grammes of cocaine to Cambodia and Okafor Emeka, 28 years old automobile parts dealer caught importing 1.370kg of cocaine from Sierra Leone,” the agency said in a statement by its spokesperson, Mitchel Ofoyeju.

The agency said all the cases were being investigated and the suspects would appear in court soon.

“My love for money made me to ingest 69 wraps of cocaine 1.370kgs in Sierra Leone,” the agency quoted Mr. Okafor, an automobile parts dealer in Lagos, as saying.

Another suspect, Mr. Ogujiuba, said he was introduced into the illicit trade by an old friend.

“I am married with six children and I reside in Abia where I work as an electrician,” the suspect was quoted as saying.

“The ephedrine was carefully hidden inside female shoes and given to me by an old time friend. He told me to take the drug to Lagos and handle the shipping arrangements to Tanzania. Unfortunately, I was arrested during examination of the consignment after the drug was discovered. I regret ever getting involved in drug trafficking.”

Mr. Uchegbu, who allegedly inserted seven wraps of cocaine into his anus in a bid to evade arrest blamed his involvement on joblessness.

“I am a textile merchant but today I am jobless. I lost everything due to economic recession and family problems,” he said.

“That was why I agreed to collect the sum of eight hundred thousand naira to smuggle cocaine to Cambodia. My intention was to invest the money in legitimate business.”

The Chairman of the NDLEA, Muhammad Abdallah, assured members of the public that the agency would always ensure that offenders are severely sanctioned to deter others from engaging in drug trafficking.

“The agency will continue to work very hard in ensuring the certainty of commensurate punishment for all drug culprits in line with the NDLEA Act,” Mr. Abdallah stated.

The NDLEA boss added that investing proceeds of drug trafficking in legitimate businesses is money laundering and that the agency would invoke relevant sections of the law against offenders.


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  • amazing2012

    …all of them Christians and igbos!

    • aboki

      They WORSHIP MONEY n can go to any length to achieve that re. gardless of the consequential effect
      Empty vessel makes the hell noise.
      Those in the glass house should not throw stone INGDBO AKWENO
      They would not comment on this matter but to abuse and names calling of NATION LEADERSHIP is their specialty.
      Very ingrate and uncultured people with no proper upbringing

  • sammyctu ode

    I appeal to soludo and his so called unprofessional colleagues who wants terrorist kanu to be freed without due course to judicial process to start educating all these Igbo people that are being caught for trafficking dangerous drugs to stop. The NDELA should now go for the jugular of the real brains behind these traffickers and bring them to justice. These traffickers are the small fries working for the barons. Please go after the barons and let us collectively stop this dangerous trade that can destroy the lives of thousands if not millions of Nigerians.

  • Du Covenant

    This is why I have never believed for a second that Igbos are marginalized in Nigeria. You just visit our so called markets and see the ‘blood sucking’ of fellow Nigerians that takes place daily!. Some one who is marginalized will not have such guts.

    • PolyGon2013

      Obos are never satisfied. They are very greedy.

    • Julius

      We , the braves , the most powerful and the Jews of Africa want separation because of your comment. Imagine what biafraud republic will be like. Smdh !!

      • Du Covenant

        So you call it bravery when you attack vulnerable Nigerians, disposes them of their belongings at gun point?, is this bravery when you bring in sub-standard products to the country and sell them for original with no warranty?, is this called bravery when you bring in sub-standard/faked medicines that kills fellow citizens during their moments of need?, who does such things to earn a living and feels proud?. Why do you not declare yourselves as ‘biafrauds’ when caught abroad doing what you like doing best?, instead you say you are Nigerians robbing the rest of us the dignity of being decent human beings. Everywhere you go or find yourselves, you always abuse your welcome both in Nigeria and abroad, statistics done lie!. As for what you envisage of a biafraudulent republic, I wish you all the best. One thing I know for sure is, building a nation requires alot of sacrifice and you people are just too GREEDY for such a sacrifice!. For now all is just wishful thinking considering what see on ground right now. May God help us!!.

        • Julius

          Lmaoooooooo, its sarcasm sir !. Me, a biafraudian ? God Almighty forbid !!. Oluwa o ni je !!

      • musa aliyu

        Yes biafraud full.of drug peddlers, addicts etc. Tufiakwa! These guys are a curse to us.

        • Julius

          Na wa oo !!

  • PolyGon2013

    Obos or ibos again! Well, I am not surprised. For every 1 other tribe in Nigeria caught with drug, you will find a 1000 ibos. Didn’t we just hear of Vampire from ibo land lately? Ibos are the one destroying Nigeria.

    • Julius

      Don’t go there bro , na the Yorubas fault !!. lolz

  • Julius

    Lmaooooooooooooo !!. Make I dey read comments and excuses …Its all Tinubu and Obj’s fault…oya !

  • Sarah

    Cambodians would have killed him. Igbos should do something about this scourge