NDLEA Intercepts Cocaine-Bound Businessman at Abuja Airport, Unveils Multiple Drug Seizures Nationwide

NDLEA in Abuja

In a recent development, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) intercepted a 40-year-old businessman, Ejike Chibuke Solomon, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Solomon was apprehended while attempting to board an Ethiopia Airlines flight to Vietnam via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Upon thorough search, 1.45 kilograms of cocaine were discovered concealed in his luggage. The suspect claimed to be on a business trip to Vietnam.

Furthermore, NDLEA operatives conducted a series of raids across various locations, targeting a syndicate involved in trafficking methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin. In Lagos, a raid at the residence of Esimone Amachukwu Christopher led to the seizure of 10.012 kilograms of methamphetamine from his associate, 40-year-old Evelyn Nneka Okem. Another operation in Festac town resulted in the arrest of 45-year-old Ebele Edwin Iwuegbunam, who was found in possession of 429.5 grams of cocaine and 7 kilograms of heroin.

In a separate incident along the Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway in Kogi state, NDLEA officers intercepted a commercial bus transporting 28 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa, along with codeine-based cough syrup and diazepam concealed in plastic drums covered with cattle fats. Additional seizures included 169 kilograms of cannabis in Ogun state, 25 cartons of tramadol containing 325,000 pills in Lagos, and 2,745,000 capsules of pregabalin in Kano state.

NDLEA in raids in Abuja Airport

The agency’s vigilance extended to Borno state, where a 34-year-old suspect, Hassan Muhammad, was apprehended with 44,950 pills of tramadol. Meanwhile, in Abia state, raids on drug joints in Aba led to the arrest of suspects found in possession of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

Additionally, NDLEA continued its War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy campaign across various communities and educational institutions nationwide, emphasizing the importance of drug abuse prevention and awareness.

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the agency’s officers for their dedication and outstanding achievements in combating drug trafficking and abuse. He applauded their efforts in intensifying WADA advocacy lectures and emphasized the agency’s commitment to eradicating drug-related crimes in Nigeria.