Airport Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it
has arrested a Brazil-based Nigerian who tried to smuggle into Nigeria
five Kilograms of cocaine from Brazil.

The suspect, Ibeh Augustine Chukwuma, had arrived at the Nnamdi
Azikiwe International Airport via Ethiopian Airline, with a maximum
ECOLAC bag which contained the illicit drug consignment.

Chukwuma, 36, has been a resident of Sao Palo, Brazil where he worked
in a construction company since 2011.

According to him, he had approached another Nigerian living in Brazil
for financial support for his forthcoming traditional marriage in
Nigeria and was promised N500,000 if he could deliver the drug
consignment to an unknown person who will receive him at the airport
in Abuja.

Chukwuma, with only primary school education, admitted he was fully
aware of the content of the bag but offered to carry it because he
needed money.

"His name is Emmanuel Paul. He deals in foodstuff along with operating
a restaurant. He is my friend. I asked him for financial assistance
for my marriage and he said he cannot give me the money until I carry
the cocaine. He actually told me that it is drugs but I have no
choice."

Chukwuma’s arrest came on the heels of a similar arrest of Udeagwu
Emmanuel Ugwuchukwu at the Abuja Airport with 3.1 kilograms of cocaine
from the same Sao Polo, Brazil aboard Ethiopian Airline.

The substance was concealed in a home theatre musical equipment.

Hamisu Lawan, the NDLEA commander at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport stated that five kilograms of cocaine were huge seizure
because according to him if adulterated it was worth N100 million.

“Over time we have seen a decrease in the volume of interceptions but
we are surprised that this quantity is coming again.

"Our interaction with some suspicious passengers indicates an urgent
need to have a closer link with Ethiopian counter-narcotic officials
because intelligence indicates that the place is being used for
warehousing of drugs or relay purposes for drug trafficking," Lawan
stated.

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