Italy-bound heroin intercepted at Abuja airport, NDLEA nabs trafficker

A 23-year-old drug trafficker, Okoguale Douglas has excreted 59 wraps of heroin weighing 781.2 grammes following his arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while trying to board a Milan, Italy bound flight.

Douglas, who hails from Uromi in Esan North-East Local Government area of Edo state, arrested by operatives of the National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, during an outward of Ethiopian airline flight number 910 at the boarding gate of the airport enroute Abuja-Addis Ababa- Milan (Italy) after being scanned, which proved positive for ingestion.

Under interrogation, claimed has been residing in Italy since 2011 after entering the country via Libya with one of his uncles. said he works as a restaurant attendant in Italy where he earns 900 Euro per month and also works as a painter on his free days and gets about 400 Euro upon completion of any work. He also confessed he promised 2000 Euro if successfully delivers the drug to Milan, Italy.

said came to Nigeria on April 4, for the burial of his late father in Esan, Edo state and after spending so much during the burial, ran out of money, a situation that made him to ask for financial support from one of his Nigerian friends resident in Italy.

He further claimed that his friend then told him he would send him money on the ground that he will collect a consignment for him from one other friend of his in Nigeria. To facilitate that, he promised to send him a number to call.

He said contrary to the initial arrangement, he claimed he called by a man on Thursday April 29, and asked him to come down to Abuja where he picked by two other unknown men from Utako area and lodged in a hotel which he claimed he doesn’t know the address.

The suspect also claimed that the two men brought the wrapped drug to him in a hotel on Friday night after which he swallowed the 59 pellets early on Saturday May 1st, and was promised 2000 Euro on successful delivery to Milan, Italy.

, NAIA Command of the Agency, Kabir Sani Tsakuwa said efforts still ongoing to unravel other suspects connected to the crime.

Chairman/Chief of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa commended the officers and officers of the airport command for their resilience and charged them as well as their counterparts across the country to remain vigilant especially with the coming holidays that no single gramme of illicit drug is smuggled in or out of Nigeria. He assured them he will continue to make their welfare a priority.