Drug trafficking on the rise at Enugu airport, NDLEA says

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said that drug traffickers are now targeting the use of Enugu Airport since it was upgraded to international status.

Speaking after the arrest of two alleged traffickers smuggling 11.66 kilogramme of cocaine and heroin with a street value of N105 million, Ahmadu Giade, NDLEA’s chairman, said several attempts to smuggle drugs from East Africa, Brazil and other parts of the world through the Enugu airport had been foiled by the agency.

“The NDLEA is prepared to arrest drug traffickers and seize their drugs notwithstanding the mode of concealment,” Mr. Giade said.

“These arrests especially the suspect going to East Africa will definitely send a warning signal that the airports are not safe for drug trafficking. We are determined to always be on the alert and this arrest is a test of our vigilance because Bujumbura is not a regular route.”

Two businessmen, Christopher Nebe, 38, and Promise Iheme, 27, were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, for allegedly smuggling cocaine and heroin, according to Nsikak-Abasi Udoh, the NDLEA Commander at the Enugu airport.

“Christopher was found to have ingested 70 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.685kg on his way to Turkey while Iheme had 9.975kg of heroin hidden inside cosmetics on his journey from Bujumbura, Burundi,” Mr. Udoh said. “They were both arrested during screening of passengers on Ethiopian airline flights.”

During interrogation, according to the NDLEA, Mr. Nebe said that he would had been paid N1,000 if he had succeeded in smuggling the drugs.

“I sell ladies clothes but for some time my capital had been going down due to poor sales and family problem,” the NDLEA quoted Mr. Nebe as saying.

“A friend introduced me into drug trafficking and I was promised one million naira. That was how I decided to give it a trial. I had wanted to invest the money in my business.

“I feel sad that I was arrested. It was the one million naira that lured me into drug trafficking.”

Mr. Nebe’s route was Enugu, Addis Ababa and Turkey, the NDLEA said.

Mr. Iheme, who was recruited in Tanzania by a suspected drug cartel in East Africa, told investigators that he smuggled drugs because he was stranded.

“I used to sell phone accessories before I left the country. I wanted to go to Malaysia in search of job opportunities but I was stranded in Tanzania,” Mr. Iheme said.

“That was how I met a Nigerian who gave me money and promised to assist me get back to Nigeria with money to start up my business. He later took me to Burundi where I was given 9.975kg of heroin in my luggage.”

Mr. Giade warned drug barons that the Agency will continue to resist the use of Nigeria as a hub for drug trafficking.


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  • amazing2012

    Stop international flights from that airport now !!

    • Uturu Mgbagbu

      As a tribal beast, this is your number one dream: ensure there is no international airport in the South East. That dream will not materialise. Keep trying, anu ofia.

      • Du Covenant

        The truth is always a bitter pill to swallow. 90% of drug related offences in Nigeria are committed by people with SE extraction, 99% of ‘Nigerians’ caught in other countries and imprisoned or executed are people from the same part of the country. This brings shame to us as a people and everywhere we go around the world Nigerians are viewed with suspicion by the actions of this people. We must call a spade a spade, acknowledge the facts and come up with ways to arrest this menace. I propose firing squad for anyone caught with illicit drugs in our country. Some people will say it did not curb arm robbery by the same people, well, my take is we did not implement firing squad for long enough time to come up with such a conclusion. We must deter Nigerians from engaging in drug trafficking right from Nigeria because charity begins at home!. What solution do you have to offer as a Nigerian?, should we continue like this because they are your tribes men?. It is tarnishing our collective image as a country, we do not produce these things in our country and anybody caught bringing such things into our country should face the laws of the land simple! Those caught in other countries should also face the local laws, this is not asking for too much?..

        • Tom Tom

          and their names are Kashamu, wanted in the US, Tinubu in Chicago, Akande et al. Ethnic champion

    • AMARA.C

      if biafra becomes a nation will you talk like this? nigeria is a fake nation,go to lagos and see how yorubas smuggle in drugs without arrest partner with top customs,go to abuja and see how hausas smuggle drugs with no issue ,they use top custom officer as partner,kano is used to import ammunition in 2014 do you called to closed it? nigeria is a fake nation.

      • amazing2012

        Amarachi, who stop you from establishing Biarfan republic ? Did any body stop you from going to your cursed land? Or most there be war before you will form a system ? Please leave no body is begging you to stay !! Coward !! And hallucinated fellows !!!

  • amazing2012

    Tell your cursed tribe to stop exporting drugs ! Everyday they are caught abroad and painfully killed but continue to exports drugs. Whether government stop it or not the airline will stop going to that airport. If an airline is always found with drug traffickers, the airline will have no option than to stop landing at that airport to avoid levelled as drug airline by foreign countries.
    Check yourself don’t blame others, no one wish the death of any Nigeria !

  • M Ajonye

    That is why this Igbo people wanted international airport, for drug trafficking and and export of prostitutes.

    • Tom Tom

      as your people

  • GbemigaO

    No comment ! Probably return the airport back to a local one!

    • AMARA.C

      useless talk, if biafra a is a nation will you talk like this,nigeria is a fake nation.

    • Tom Tom

      until Lagos is returned first. Bad belle

  • AMARA.C

    security must be put in place to stop the smuggling.