NDLEA Arrests Okorie , Nigerian Returnee with 12.05 kG of cocaine.
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The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has arrested Cyprian Raymond Okorie with substances suspected to be Cocaine weighed 12.05 kilogrammes.
Okorie was arrested by the officials of the command during inward clearance check on the Ethiopian Airlines flight 911 from Sao Paulo , Brazil enroute Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
In a statement signed by DCN Jonah Achema , Principal Staff Officer , Public Relations of the Agency, and made available to Agubasun on Thursday explained that the drug which weighed 12.05 kilograms was carefully packed in drink sachets of pineapple and lemon flavor and concealed in a suit case.
He added that Okorie had already claimed his luggage upon arrival and proceeded to NDLEA screening point where it was detected that one of his bags was stuffed with prohibited drugs suspected to be Cocaine.
He stated that the suspect claimed that the drug consignment was given to him to deliver in Nigeria by one Uche whom he met in Church in Brazil about three months ago through a friend.
According to the statement , Okorie on interrogation admitted that one Uche who also resides in Sao Paulo had overheard him talking to his friend about his impending trip to Nigeria and gave him the consignment for home ward delivery.
.“I actually did not have knowledge of what is in the bag. Oga Uche brought the suit case to me at the airport just an hour before flight take-off. This short interval did not give me the opportunity to scrutinize the bag”, Okorie claimed.
Okorie, aged 38 and a school certificate holder has been residing in Sao Paulo since 2015 where he worked as a technician in brass installation Center.
According to the suspect “I have to leave my bicycle spare-parts business in Nigeria for greener pastures in the USA but opted to travel through Brazil, Mexico to America. My journey was aborted in Mexico from where I was returned to Brazil where I was granted asylum.”He narrated
Speaking on the arrest, the NDLEA Commander of NAIA Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, said the confisticated 12.05 kilograms of Cocaine is one of the highest quantity seized by the Command in recent times.
He however vowed to track down air travelers who involved themselves in drug trafficking as the Agency is poised to rid the country from illicit drugs, .