NDLEA intercepts N2.7b cocaine at Abuja airport + Video



A 32-year-old drug trafficker based Liberia, Maduabuchi Chinedu, has been arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, with 9.30 kilograms of cocaine over N2.7billion street value.

The suspect who hails from Obaha Okigwe village, Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo state, lives Liberia where he works as a miner. He was arrested during an inward joint of Ethiopian Airlines flight 911 at the Abuja airport on Wednesday 24th November 2021 with 9.30kg cocaine with each pellet wrapped candies wraps and concealed his luggage.

During his preliminary interview, Chinedu claimed he left Nigeria 2018 to settle Liberia where he now has a residence permit. He however added that economic pressure and the need to raise money to treat his mother for an problem led him to help from a friend in Liberia who introduced him to another friend based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who eventually gave him the drug to deliver in Abuja for a fee of N1million. He added that he was initially scheduled to deliver the drug in Ivory Coast but was rerouted to Nigeria at the last minute.

While commending the officers and men of the NAIA Command of the Agency for their vigilance and working in synergy with other security agencies at the airport, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them and their colleagues in other commands to always remain two steps ahead of merchants of death who are daily getting more desperate to make money at the expense of the image of the country and Nigerians’ wellbeing.