A Lebanese-Nigerian has been nabbed while trying to smuggle cocaine out of the country.
A 23-year-old Lebanese national, Yved Awad, thought he could beat the eagle eyes of the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), by hiding cocaine in is boxers for onward trafficking to his home country, but was nabbed during the outbound screening of passengers on Middle East Airline flight at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
On Awad was 260 grammes of cocaine.
In a statement from the Head of Media and Public Affairs of the drug busting agency, Mitchell Oyojefu, information leading to the arrest of the suspect who also holds a Nigerian citizenship, was supplied by FAAN officials.
The Lagos Airport Commander of the agency, Hamza Umar, also provided details on the arrest, saying that the drug was hidden inside Awad’s boxer shorts.
"I am happy that FAAN assisted us in making this arrest. When the drug was field tested, it proved positive for cocaine.
The suspect holds dual citizenship of Nigeria and Lebanon. He was found to have travelled to Nigeria from Lebanon six times since January. The case is under investigation."
Awad confessed to the crime, saying that a friend who gave him money to buy the drug:
"I was born in Lagos and I attended Lebanese Community School, Yaba, Lagos. After my secondary education in Nigeria, I got admission to study my 'A' levels at Notre Dame University in Lebanon.
My friend in Lebanon gave me money to buy cocaine for him. At the airport, the drug was detected and I was arrested and taken to NDLEA office. The drug was tested and it was found to be cocaine."