Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday arrested two foreigners for drug trafficking at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu.
The suspects, a 54-year-old Ghanaian comedian, Musah Iddrisu aka Charles Udunehi and a citizen of Congo Democratic Republic, Inana Cedrick were apprehended at the airport during inward and outward screening of Ethiopian airline passengers.
The Ghanaian, Iddrisu, was said to have bought 450 grammes of cocaine for US$19,000 which he ingested on his way to Thailand while Cedrick, a student, was caught with 1.500 kilogrammes of heroin.
Speaking on the arrest, NDLEA Commander at the Enugu airport, Mr. Nsikak-Abasi Udoh, said Inana Cedrick was caught with 1.500 kilogrammes of heroin while Musah Iddrisu was found to have ingested 450 grammes of cocaine.
Udoh added that a Nigerian, Mr. John Obi Nwadilichukwu, was also apprehended by officials of the anti-narcotic agency.
The Ghanaian comedian ingested 450 grammes of cocaine on his way to Thailand while the student from Congo DRC imported 1.500kg of heroin into the country. We have also apprehended a Nigerian by name John Obi Nwadilichukwu, who was to receive the student, collect the drug and pay him for smuggling it.
Meanwhile, Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, has said adequate security efforts had been made to apprehend drug traffickers at the Enugu International Airport.
We have already deployed our officials to the Enugu airport before it commenced international flights. Adequate security measures have been put in place to apprehend drug traffickers at the airport.
According to him, all the suspects have made confessional statements and would soon be charged to court.
I am from a poor home – Nabbed student
The student, Inana, said that he was given the drug by a Nigerian woman at Nairobi to deliver to her husband in Enugu, noting that he wanted to use the money that he would be paid in buying beads which he would sell in Tanzania.
I was given the drug in Nairobi by a Nigerian woman who told me to give it to her husband, John Obi Nwadilichukwu, who resides in Enugu. I wanted to use the money they promised to pay me in buying beads for sale in Tanzania. I am a secondary school student from a poor home.
I was broke Ghanaian comedian
Also, the Ghanaian comedian, Musah Iddrisu, said he wanted to sell the drugs in Thailand, adding that he went into drug trafficking because he was broke.
According to him, “I am a Ghanaian and a comedian by profession. I got involved in drug trafficking because of my financial predicament. I bought the drugs in Ghana, ingested it and came to Enugu airport. As a new airport, I felt the security will not be like other airports but I was caught. I regret my action.”
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