The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) command at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, has found five kilogrammes of high grade cocaine allegedly abandoned by a drug syndicate.
NDLEA commander at the airport, Mr. Hamza Umar, said the drug was hidden inside praying rugs imported from Pakistan.
He said the drug was discovered during inward screening of cargoes on Qatar Airways flight.
“The consignment was given 100 per cent physical examination in the presence of customs and other security agents. During the search, we found 35 sachets of brown powdery substance that tested positive for heroin concealed inside praying rugs,” he said.
Umar also said NDLEA had arrested one Mr. Osigwe Kelvin Uchenna for ingesting nine wraps of methamphetamine weighing 400 grammes.
“The suspect, Osigwe Kelvin Uchenna, who had lived in Gabon for ten years tested positive for drug ingestion. While he was under observation, he excreted nine wraps of methamphetamine weighing 400 grammes,” said Hamza.
He said the 29-year-old suspect had confessed to the crime.
“This is my first time of smuggling drugs. I feel sad because my pastor warned me against crime. He told me that I will be successful in life but I must avoid drug trafficking, fraud and other crimes in order to actualise God’s plan for my life,” Uchenna reportedly told NDLEA.
Umar said the Imo State-born suspect would be charged to court soon adding that NDLEA had ordered an investigation into the two incidents.