Three Nigerian businessmen have been arrested for ingesting cocaine.
The quest for fast money must have motivated the trio of Obiekwe Frank Chuma, Okoye Jacob Okwuchukwu and Chukwunyere Prince Emmanuel, as they were nabbed by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), with 233 wraps of cocaine weighing a combined 5.05 kilogrammes which they had swallowed.
The duo of Obiekwe Frank Chuma and Okoye Jacob Okwuchukwu, were taking the drugs to Hong Kong while Chukwunyere Prince Emmanuel was on his way to Italy to deliver the deadly cargo.
The three suspects were arrested during outward screening of passengers by the drug bursting agency at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos State.
The Lagos Airport Commander of the NDLEA, Hamza Umar, gave a breakdown of the drugs the suspects excreted after they were causght:
“Obiekwe Frank Chuma, 47 years old, ingested 80 wraps weighing 1.930 kilogrammes and was caught during screening of Emirates passengers; Okoye Jacob Okwuchukwu, 43 years old, was found to have ingested 70 wraps weighing 1.515 kilogrammes during screening of passengers on an Etihad flight while Chukwunyere Prince Emmanuel, 39 years old, ingested 83 wraps weighing 1.605 kilogrammes.
Emmanuel was going to Bologna in Italy through Frankfurt on Lufthansa. They have voluntarily recorded their statements and our investigators are working on their cases.”
Giving reasons for undertaking such a dangerous venture, the suspects said:
Obiekwe Frank Chuma:
“I lost my father when I was at Merchant of Light Secondary School between 1983 and 1988. I was given admission at Edo State University but dropped out in 300 level due to lack of sponsorship.
In 1997, I came to Lagos and started textile business. Later, I began to buy my goods from Czech Republic and Hong Kong before my business suffered setback.
In the process of looking for assistance, I was introduced into drug trafficking. I was given the drug in a restaurant in Onitsha and they promised to pay me $10,000. It took me eight hours to swallow the drugs but I was arrested at the airport.”
Okoye Jacobs Okuchukwu:
“I have a Diploma in Computer Science at the Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Enugu. I used to import textiles from Dubai and Hong Kong. My business was flourishing and I have travelled to Hong Kong over 15 times.
I later had problem that took my capital and I was stranded. That was what led me into drug trafficking.
I was forced to swallow drugs for many hours in order to continue with my textile business. They promised to pay me over one million naira.”
Chukwunyere Prince Emmanuel:
“I am a businessman. I supply teaching materials. Armed robbers attacked me and I lost one of my eyes in the process. As I speak, I owe over N15 million.
I am unable to pay my rent, my children’s school fees and even feeding. I have no rest of mind because my creditors are on my neck daily. This is my first time of trafficking drugs and I was promised 4,000 euros.”