Level Must Change 'Economic downturn forced me into cannabis smuggling' - suspect

Operatives of the NDLEA have apprehended a father-of-four for drug trafficking at the Enugu International airport.

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Following the arrest of one Onyechi Esonwunne, by Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, the suspect has blamed the state of the economy for his dabble into drug trafficking.

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The suspect was arrested during an attempt to send a luggage full of Cannabis to China through and unsuspecting passenger.

Esonwunne was apprehended at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu State.

The suspect who has been deported twice, in 2008 and May 2016 respectively, from China, concealed the drugs inside packs of noodles.

Confessing his crimes to newsmen, Esonwunne who is the father of four children said:

“Hardship and Nigeria’s bad economy forced me into drug trafficking. The exchange rate is very high and I hardly get money to take care of my family.

“My sponsor promised to pay me the sum of $5,000 to take the drug to China. But I was arrested before I could board my flight.

“I am a trader but due to the economic downturn, I turned to cannabis smuggling to cope,” he said.

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NDLEA commander at the Enugu airport, Adeofe Adeyemi, called on members of the public, imploring them to avoid collecting consignments from people.

He added that it is a method which is used widely by drugs traffickers all around the world and they usually target innocent passengers. He said that the suspect would be arraigned in court very soon.

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