NDLEA Arrests Man With 12.05kg Cocaine At Abuja Airport


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested one Okorie Cyprian Raymond with 12.05 kilograms of Cocaine at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Command, Abuja.

Raymond was allegedly trying to smuggle the hard drug into the country when the NDLEAD arrested him.

Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs of the agency, Mr Jonah Achema, disclosed in a statement on Thursday that the suspect was arrested during the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline flight 911 from Sao Paulo, Brazil en-route Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

According to him, the drug which weighed 12.05 kilograms was carefully packed in drink sachets of pineapple and lemon flavor and concealed in a suit case.

Raymond was said to have already claimed his luggage upon arrival and proceeded to NDLEA screening point where it was detected that one of his bags was stuffed with prohibited drugs suspected to be Cocaine.

He claimed that the drug consignment was given to him to deliver in Nigeria by one Uche whom he met in Church in Brazil about three months ago through a friend.

Raymond, according to the NDLEA, said Uche overheard him talk to his friend about his impending trip to Nigeria.

“I actually did not have knowledge of what is in the bag. Oga Uche brought the suit case to me at the airport just an hour before flight take-off. This short interval did not give me the opportunity to scrutinize the bag,” he was quoted to have said.

The 38-year-old and a school certificate holder has been a resident of Sao Paulo since 2015 where he worked as a technician in brass installation Centre.

According to him, “I had to leave my bicycle spare-parts business in Nigeria for greener pasture in the USA but opted to travel through Brazil, Mexico to America. My journey was aborted in Mexico from where I was returned to Brazil where I was granted asylum.”

The statement quoted Commander Kabir Sani Tsakuwa at the Abuja Airport, as saying: “the 12.05 kilograms of Cocaine is one of the highest quantity seized by the Command in recent times. We promise all travelers who involve themselves in drug trafficking that they will not escape our drag net. We will continue to sustain our vigilance.”

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