Two Nigerians suspected of trafficking in drugs have been arrested and remanded in a prison in Cambodia.
According to Asian News, Okafor had swallowed the drugs and flew into the country aboard a Qatar Airways flight after a transit in Dubai while his accomplice Adibe waited for him at the airport when they were arrested during a check by Narcotic officials.
The suspects who were arraigned before a Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, were remanded in prison custody by the presiding judge, Heng Kesro, who adjourned the matter until April 28 to clarify what the relationship between the men was.
It was gathered that when they were arrested, Okafor told officials that he was asked to swallow the drugs which were in capsules by a man in Nigeria named Nandy who allegedly told him to bring the drugs to a man called Okata who lives in Cambodia.
“Nandy said Okata will give me food to eat in order to get the drugs out, and he will give me $8,000 as a transportation fee,” Okafor had allegedly confessed.
The second suspect, Adibe, however, denied any knowledge of the drugs, claiming that he met Okafor for the first time at the Phnom Penh airport and that he came to Cambodia to buy clothes to sell in Nigeria.
“When I was in the immigration section of the airport, I met Anthony and asked him for help to fill out the form. After passing the scan machine, they arrested us,” Adibe said in his statement.
Both suspects were transported to a jail to await their trial date while investigators are said to be on the hunt for the said Okata.
Drug trafficking in Cambodia carries a minimum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and on serving the sentence, the convict is deported if he is not a citizen.