By Williams Anuku, Abuja
A suspected drug trafficker, Oluchukwu Onu was intercepted by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, has excreted 86 wraps of Cocaine.
The suspect, aged 39, Jonah Acheme, Deputy Commander of Narcotics said was arrested during the outward clearance of India bound Ethiopian Airline ET910 en-route Abuja-Addis Ababa-New Delhi.
A native of Umuaku-Isiochi village in Abia State, the statement said the suspect was intercepted at the boarding gate screening and referred for scanning where he proved positive for ingestion.
The statement hinted he excreted 86 wraps of substances, which proved positive for cocaine after the drug test and weighed 1.527 kilograms.
Onu, a Lagos based dealer in building materials was allegedly promised N1.5m upon successful delivery to a recipient in New Delhi, India.
“I deal with building materials in Lagos. I have decided to undertake this journey so that I can use the money to support my business. I have lost so much money during this COVID-19. So I need another source of income,” Onu admitted.
Onu, a primary school leaver, got married last year and the wife is expectant.
According to Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, NDLEA Commander at the Abuja Airport, an investigation is on to dismantle Onu’s drug trafficking network.
“This arrest is spectacular in that it is about the highest number of wraps to be swallowed or ingested by an individual. We have also discovered that this is the first case of Cocaine moving from here to India. We will explore and exploit all angles in ensuring that this particular drug chain is disrupted and dismantled, he said.