At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos, agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) uncovered 22 blocks of heroin totaling 23.55 kilos hidden in boxes of Nestlé Cerelac baby food.
The NDLEA revealed in a statement on Sunday that the package, which had a street value of approximately N4.5 billion, was part of a cargo that landed in the SAHCO importation shed of the Lagos airport on June 29 after leaving Johannesburg, South Africa, on a South African Airways plane.
The receiver of the drug shipment, Chike Okeke Eweni, who distributes the drug for his South African-based partner, was detained the following day, Thursday 30th June, at a logistics warehouse in Ajao Estate, Ikeja, following a series of follow-up operations that resulted in the detention of two cargo agents.
Chike, who is from the Anaocha LGA in the state of Anambra, says during the initial interview that he is also involved in fish farming.
Before detaining Chike, NDLEA operatives at the airport detained Muyiwa Babalola Bolujoko, a former driver for BRT, for swallowing 90 cocaine pellets on Monday, June 27. He was detained at the security checkpoint before boarding a Qatar Airways trip from Doha to Sharjah, with his intended final destination being Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Following confirmation of drug consumption by a body scan, the 39-year-old from Ijebu South LGA in Ogun State was kept under excretion supervision. The guy passed all 90 pellets in four excretions while he was being held.
He stated that in February he quit his N60,000 per month employment as a BRT driver and chose to work as a drug smuggler to collect money for the purchase of a shuttle bus in Lagos known as a “Korope” to carry on his transportation operation
Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, has shown delight about the amazing results gotten from the officers and men of the MMIA command over the course of the previous week and has praised those of Rivers, Kaduna, and Borno for their vigilance.
He exhorted them, as well as people all around the nation, to stay one step ahead of the desperate drug cartels’ schemes.