Four drug suspects arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has jointly excreted a total of 171 wraps of cocaine in one of the largest heist the country has ever witnessed.
4 drug traffickers excrete 171 wraps of cocaine
Four Nigerian drug suspects who were nabbed by the NDLEA excreted a total of 171 wraps of cocaine in what is seen as one of the greatest drug burst.
The suspects whose names were given by the drug bursting agency are Ejiofor Eliezer, 46, Obah Fransic, 30, Sobuzochukwu Akpa, 27 and Ike Okechukwu, 36.
They were apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, during the screening of passengers on board Qatar and Emirates airlines, while attempting to smuggle the drugs to Brazil.
One of the suspects, Eliezer, excreted 100 wraps of the drug, and told the NDLEA investigators that he was paid a mere N200,000 to ingest the drugs, claiming that it was poverty that pushed him to commit the crime as he had intended using the proceed to fend for his family of four.
"I live in Brazil where I work in a supermarket and live with my wife and four children. Life in Brazil is tough because I live from hand to mouth.
It was poverty that made me to smuggle drugs. I took risk by swallowing 100 wraps of cocaine for N200,000 because of poverty."
Francis, a bakery worker in the South American country, sai he decided to undertake the risky business to augment the meager salary he earns.
"I am single and have been working in Brazil for two years. At present, I work in a bakery and my salary is meager.
My plan was to give the drug to a friend in Dubai, but he did not come to collect the drug as planned. This was how I had to come to Nigeria with the drug. I blame my friend for my arrest because I would have made S15,000 (about N2.8m) from the deal."
For Sobuzochukwu, an Accounting diploma holder, his poor salary as a cleaner forced him to swallow 26 wraps of cocaine for a fee of $1,500 (about N285,000).
Okechukwu thought he would beat the drug agency but was unlucky when he was caught and he also excreted the five wraps of cocaine he ingested.
"I regret my involvement in drug trafficking. I dropped out of school in Junior Secondary School class two and I work in a toy company in Brazil."
The NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, said Brazil-Nigeria route was a high risk path to drug trafficking and urged officers to be vigilant.
"The suspects will soon be charged to court."
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