A Dubai businessman was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine into the country.
To compound his case, the 31-year-old Enugu State born indigene attempted to break a glass door at the airport so as to escape after he was caught but he was nabbed in the process.
In a statement by the agency's spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju, Nwobodo hid the drugs inside packs of whisky along with boxes of chocolates inside a duty free bag.
"The suspect concealed 81 wraps of cocaine in Parker Whisky packs along with boxes of chocolates inside a duty free bag. The seizure was made during screening of passengers on an Emirates airline flight from Dubai."
The NDLEA Commander at the Abuja airport, Hamisu Lawan, said the suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment on the injuries he sustained while trying to escape.
"Though the suspect was treated for the injuries he sustained while attempting to escape, we had to take him for medical examination again. This is to ensure that he is strong and medically fit to undergo trial. Investigation has commenced into the case."
The suspect allegedly told investigators that he ran away because he was afraid of arrest.
"I am not under the influence of drugs. I was only scared of arrest. I live and work in Dubai. I came to Nigeria for my father’s burial but decided to bring the drugs because I needed money for the burial rite.
When the drug was discovered, I felt so disappointed and confused. I was ashamed of myself and never wanted to be associated with drug trafficking that was why I had to run," Nwobodo narrated.