Drug Trafficking NDLEA nab clearing agents with drugs worth N222m inside weave-on and foodstuffs

The suspects were about exporting the concealed hard drugs 24.7kg of methamphetamine, 2.810kg of cocaine, 27.250kg of diazepam when they got busted

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The suspects Akpan Jacob and Nwaeyizia Sylvester

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Two clearing agents Akpan Jacob and Nwaeyizia Sylvester were arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos after they were caught trying to export 24.7kg of methamphetamine, 2.810kg of cocaine, 27.250kg of diazepam, total worth of N222m stuffed inside weave-on (artificial hair) and foodstuffs.

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The reports by Punch says the two suspects were about exporting the concealed hard drugs when they were nabbed by the agency at the airport and their arrest was confirmed in a statement released by the agency spokesperson Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju.

Preliminary investigation has shown that two of the suspects, Akpan Jacob and Nwaeyizia Sylvester (both clearing agents), conspired to export 24.7kg of methamphetamine. Another agent, Mike Odofia, had 50 packs each of diazepam tablets and injections while an exporter, Orji Otuu, was found in possession of 2.810kg of cocaine. We are leaving no stone unturned in improving the operational activities of the command.” Says NDLEA airport commander, Ahmed Garba.

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It was further gathered that one of the suspects Akpan Jacob confessed to have gotten involved in drug trafficking because he needed money to support his family.

I am from Akwa Ibom State. I was given this job by another clearing agent, Sylvester. Ordinarily, I would not have accepted the job but I had no choice because of my family problems,” he said.

While Sylvester on the other hand put the blame on Akpan Jacob for dragging his into his dirty business.

 “I was never interested in this job but the pressure from Akpan was too much so I gave him the job. I also gave him N100,000 before my arrest,” he told officials in his statement.

The other suspects also gave their own side of the story that gokt them in the agency's net.

I collected it and went to the airport but during examination, some injections and tablets of diazepam were found inside the bag. This was how I was arrested. I have no idea that there were injections there,” Odofia said.

I normally export African foodstuff and spices to India. But this time round, I was tempted to hide cocaine inside the foodstuff. I had wanted to make about N10m profit but things did not go as planned,” Orji cried out .

Whatever their excuse may be the NDLEA has said that the suspects would soon be charged to court.

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