4 Brazil-based Nigerians in EFCC net for smuggling cocaine

Drug trafficking suspects, 27-year-old Akpa Cornelus Sobuzochukwu, 36-year-old Ike Vincent Okechukwu, 46-year-old Ejiofor Eliezer and 30-year-old Obah Ifeanyi Francis, ingested 171 wraps of cocaine in total.

NDLEA officials

Four Nigerians based in Brazil have been nabbed by the by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly smuggling cocaine into the country.

NDLEA Commander, Muritala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, Hamza Umar, said the suspects were arrested at the international wing of the MMA, on Brazil-Nigeria route.

The suspects, 27-year-old Akpa Cornelus Sobuzochukwu, 36-year-old Ike Vincent Okechukwu, 46-year-old Ejiofor Eliezer and 30-year-old Obah Ifeanyi Francis, ingested 171 wraps of cocaine in total.

Eliezer, who ingested 100 wraps of cocaine weighing 2.155kg, the highest single ingestion since January 2015, is a primary school graduate.

He said he was pushed into trafficking by poverty.

“I live in Brazil where I work in a supermarket and I am married with four children," he said.

"After my primary education, I could not study further, due to lack of money. Life in Brazil is tough because I live from hand to mouth.

"I have no savings, in fact it was poverty that made me to smuggle drugs. I took risk by swallowing 100 wraps of cocaine for 200,000 naira because of poverty."

Sobuzochukwu, who ingested 26 wraps weighing 445 grammes, holds a diploma in accounting and claims he works as a cleaner with poor salary in Brazil.

“I hold a diploma in Accounting from Institute of Management Technology Enugu," he said.

"I travelled to Brazil in search of better job but I ended up as a cleaner in a train station.

"My father is sick and I cannot afford return ticket to Nigeria let alone pay the hospital bill.

"I know I made a big mistake but I smuggled cocaine out of frustration. I would have been paid $1,500."

The other suspects, Ifeanyi and Okechukwu, ingested 40 wraps weighing 740 grammes and 5 wraps weighing 85 grams respectively.

Umar revealed that surveillance by anti-drug agency led to the suspects' arrest.

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