Some of the suspects were said to have told officials that they went into the illicit trade in a bid to raise money for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested 14 suspects for drug trafficking in Lagos.
Some of the suspects were said to have told officials that they went into the illicit trade in a bid to raise money for the Christmas and New Year celebrations, Vanguard reports.
Eight of the suspects were reportedly caught trying to smuggle cocaine into Nigerian from Brazil and Argentina, while six others were arrested while trying to take the drugs to Hong Kong, Dubai, Italy and Brazil.
According to the NDLEA Commander for the Lagos Airport, Hamza Umar:
“Four of the suspects were apprehended aboard flight Royal Air Maroc, on their way from Brazil. Okafor, 25, was caught with 13.735kg cocaine in tin food; Okeke, 29, was arrested with 3.425kg cocaine absorbed in towels; Akpobome, 32, was found with 1.730kg of cocaine absorbed in T-shirt; Ani, 37, was found with 300 grammes of cocaine; Madububa, 38, ingested 845 grammes of cocaine; Amuka, 26, ingested 1.505kg cocaine, while Ijoganu, 25, ingested 1.240kg of cocaine.”
“Others include Obiefuna, 40, who was found with 500 grammes of cocaine; Ogbodu, 48, was caught with 1.650kg of cocaine; Nwakama, 32, was caught with 1.060kg of cocaine; Egbueme, 31, was found with 1.190kg of cocaine; Nwachukwu, 38, was found with 975 grammes of heroin/cocaine; Adebayo, 30, was caught with 5kg of cannabis and Oforegbu was caught with 505 grammes of cocaine," he added.
One of the suspects was said to have been delighted by his arrest after he discovered that drug trafficking attracts the death penalty in Hong Kong where he was heading with his illegal cargo.