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NDLEA Nabs Italy-Bound Heroin Trafficker

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has nabbed a 23-year-old drug trafficker, Okoguale Douglas.

Douglas was intercepted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, where he excreted 59 wraps of heroin weighing 781.2 grammes.

NDLEA’s Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi in a statement said Douglas was arrested during an outward clearance of Ethiopian airline flight number 910 at the boarding gate of the airport en route Abuja-Addis Ababa- Milan (Italy).

Douglas, who hails from Uromi in Esan North-East Local Government area of Edo State, Southern Nigeria, proved positive for ingestion after being scanned.

According to the statement, “he claimed he has been residing in Italy since 2011 after entering the country via Libya with one of his uncles.

“He said he works as a restaurant attendant in Italy where he earns 900 Euro per month and also works as a painter on his free days and gets about 400 Euro upon completion of any work.

“He also confessed he was promised 2000 Euro if he successfully delivers the drug to Milan, Italy.

“He said he came to Nigeria on April 4, 2021, for the burial of his late father in Esan, Edo state and after spending so much during the burial, he ran out of money, a situation that made him ask for financial support from one of his Nigerian friends resident in Italy.

“He further claimed that his friend then told him he would send him money on the ground that he will collect a consignment for him from one other friend of his in Nigeria.”

Douglas, therefore, stated that his friend promised to send him a number to call to facilitate the agreement.

The statement read further, “He said contrary to the initial arrangement, he claimed he was called by a man on Thursday, April 29, 2021, and asked him to come down to Abuja where he was picked by two other unknown men from Utako area and lodged in a hotel which he claimed he doesn’t know the address.

“The suspect also claimed that the two men brought the wrapped drug to him in a hotel on Friday night after which he swallowed the 59 pellets early on Saturday, May 1st, 2021, and was promised 2000 Euro on successful delivery to Milan, Italy.”

The Commander of the Agency at Manila Airport, Kabir Sani Tsakuwa said efforts are still ongoing to unravel other suspects connected to the crime.

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Mohammed Marwa commended the officers and officers of the airport command for their resilience.

Marwa, therefore, charged them and their counterparts across the country to remain vigilant especially with the coming holidays to ensure that no single gramme of illicit drug is smuggled in or out of the country.

He assured them he will continue to make their welfare a priority.

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