Nigeria’s anti-narcotics agency arrests drug barons.

Operatives of Nigeria’s anti-narcotic body, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two drug barons, Eyah Nnamdi and Ugwuoke Oluchukwu, in the Southwest state of Lagos.

The arrests followed the interception of a methamphetamine consignment at the busiest airport in the country, Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

Ugwuoke was detained on 8 June during the outward clearance of Qatar Airways passengers at Terminal 2 of the airport. Officers discovered that he was travelling to Doha with an Ivorian passport under the name Hien Narcisse. A search of his luggage revealed two parcels of methamphetamine weighing 1kg concealed in a false bottom.

Further investigation revealed that Ugwuoke was a Nigerian who had gone to obtain an Ivorian passport for his travels. He confessed that he had travelled to Qatar in August 2022 and had returned from the Arab nation about two months ago to perfect arrangements for the movement of the drug consignment.

A further probe led operatives to discover that his Qatar-based senior partner in the trade, identified as Murphy, was lurking around in Enugu State, Southeast Nigeria. He too has been arrested.

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