Nigeria’s anti-narcotic agency, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency – NDLEA – has arrested ex-footballer Okafor Emmanuel Junior at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, with 1.40kg crack cocaine concealed in his bags.

Thirty-three-year-old Okafor, an indigene of Arochukwu in Abia State, arrived from Sao Paulo in Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on board an Ethiopian airlines flight.

He was arrested Monday, September 26, 2022, after anti-narcotic officers discovered he concealed the illicit substance in the handles of his bags and padded the top edges of the bags with class A drug.

NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi said: “During the preliminary interview, Okafor disclosed that he was an ex-footballer with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH Enugu FC, where he played for four seasons before leaving for Sri Lanka in 2014. He further stated that he moved to Brazil from Sri Lanka after playing for two seasons but could not advance his football career in Brazil due lack of official documents.

“Another Brazilian returnee, Ibeh Chinedu Damian was arrested the same day upon his arrival at the Lagos airport from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Ethiopian airlines flight. Ibeh who hails from Ahiazu, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, was found to have concealed 3.20kg of black cocaine popularly known as ‘Lucci’ in the false bottoms of his two bags.

“In his statement, he said he was to be paid three million, one hundred thousand naira (N3,100,000) on the successful delivery of the drug in Nigeria.

“In the same vein, an attempt by a 32-year-old businesswoman, Mrs Pamela Odin to traffic 2.150kg tablets of Rohypnol through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja to Istanbul, Turkey has been thwarted by NDLEA operatives. The mother of one was arrested on Friday, September 23. while attempting to board a Turkish airline flight with the drug concealed inside the pepper and packed among foodstuff.

“The indigene of Afiesere village, Ughelli North Local Government, Delta State said she operates a restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey but came to Nigeria to see her relatives and buy food items for her restaurant business.”

In a related development, two Malians: Mohammed Demoele, 38 and Coulibaly Maliki, 56, have been arrested by officers of the marine unit of NDLEA at Ebute Ero jetty in Lagos for attempting to export 34.2kg bottles of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura, to Mali through Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Babafemi said: “In Taraba state, operatives on Thursday, September 29 intercepted 100 compressed blocks of Cannabis Sativa weighing 73.500kg, concealed inside animal feeds, while their counterparts in Ogun state on Saturday, October 1, arrested a physically challenged drug dealer, Abdulraham Mohammed, with 104kg of compressed Cannabis Sativa recovered from him.

“Another suspect, Ms Safiya Bello, was also arrested in the Shagamu area of the state with 27kg of the psychotropic substance.”

NDLEA boss, Mohamed Buba Marwa, commended officers of the anti-drug agency in Ogun and Taraba states for their resilience, charging them and others across the country to intensify ongoing offensive actions against drug cartels and traffickers wherever they may be in Nigeria.


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