Photos: NDLEA nabs SA based Nigerian man in possession of drugs worth N31m at Lagos Airport

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A 45-year-old Nigerian based in Pretoria, South
Africa, Abiodun Israel Banjo has been arrested
by officials of National Drug Law Enforcement
Agency, NDLEA for possessing parcels of drugs
at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport
(MMIA) Lagos.
According to a statement issued on Monday,
Sept. 12th by NDLEA spokesman,
Mitchell Ofoyeju, the arrest took place during
the outward screening of passengers on a
South African Airline flight to South Africa.
The parcels of drugs tested positive for
methamphetamine and weighed 3.435kgs with
an estimated street value of N31 million in
Nigeria
Describing how the drugs were discovered,
NDLEA Commander, Ahmadu Garba explained
that during a routine luggage check, NDLEA
agents noticed that Mr. Banjo’s two bags
contained methamphetamine concealed under
clothing and food items.
However, the suspect, a graduate of the
Technical College of Ijebu-Ode from Osun State,
denied knowledge of the drug in his bag,
claiming that a friend gave him the bag in South
Africa.
“I work in Pretoria. My friend in South Africa
called me saying that his brother would give me
two bags containing foodstuff to take to him.
He also promised to give me two thousand
dollars. I opened the bags and checked
thoroughly, but could not find anything criminal.
That was how I accepted to take the bags,” Mr.
Banjo explained.
“I was surprised when the drug was detected
under the bags. I feel very sad that my friend
has implicated me.”
NDLEA Chief Executive Muhammad Mustapha
Abdallah called on members of the public to be
aware of tricks employed by drug trafficking
cartels.
“Drug traffickers recruit mules by enticing them
with money. They are very clever in concealing
drugs, as drugs have been detected in bags,
electronics, foodstuff and clothes among
others. We strongly advise that all passengers
should endeavor to pack their bags themselves
and avoid taking bags for others,”
The NDLEA boss added that ignorance was no
excuse in drug trafficking and the suspect
would be charged for unlawful exportation of
narcotics.
“A person shall be deemed to have exported a
narcotic drug or psychotropic substance under
this NDLEA Act; if he brings to or deposits the
narcotic drug or psychotropic substance
concerned at any time at any customs area
such as airports, customs port or any other
customs point generally,” Mr.
Abdallah explained.

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Source
: Sahara Reporters

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