NDLEA: N564m worth of Heroin Seized at Abuja Airport.
NDLEA: N564m worth of Heroin Seized at Abuja Airport and the drug trafficker is now in police custody for dealing in illegal drugs.
A drug trafficker, Goodluck Odeh, was caught at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, (NAIA) in possession of two kg of heroin that has a street value of N564 million.
In a statement by Femi Babafemi, the Director of Publicity, and Advocacy, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), On Sunday, in Abuja, said the heroin was found concealed in the lining of a false bottom on his suitcase.
According to the NDLEA, the suspect is a 40-year-old who hails from Ikpoba Okha Local Government in Edo State.
According to the agency, Odeh was arrested at the departure lounge of the NAIA during an outward clearance of Ethiopian aircraft 911 going to Addis Ababa to Italy.
“Under interrogation, Odeh stated that he has been living in Italy since 2015 when he got into the country through Libya.
On the 4th of April, the suspect said“ I work as a laborer on a farm in Italy, with a pay of about 50 Euro a day. I also work as a flyer distributor when the farming season is over and I make as much as 50 Euro/day.
“I visited Nigeria more than two weeks ago to see my family in Nigeria and also use same opportunity to buy foodstuffs to sell on my return to Italy.
“ After spending some days between Edo and Delta, where I bought some foodstuffs, I also visited Lagos to buy part of the foodstuffs and bushmeat, because it is cheaper.
“I do not know how the drug found its way into the bag because I bought the suitcase from a second-hand material open market in Lagos, not knowing that it contained the drug,” Odeh told operatives of the agency.
When he was asked about the address of the market, he said he didn’t know the address.
Odeh also said he was accompanied to the market, where he bought the suitcase, by a man he claimed he met the day he arrived in Lagos from Benin.
Mr. Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, The Commander, NAIA Airport Command of the NDLEA, said a case had already been filed against the suspect, while investigations were ongoing to find out other leads, on the case.
Meanwhile, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, the NDLEA Chairman has commended the commander, officers, and men of the agency at the airport for their vigilance.
Marwa said, (NAN), “Wherever the criminal elements go to export or import illegal drugs through our borders, they will surely have the new NDLEA to contend with.”