NDLEA uncovers drug cartel in Enugu Airport
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
(NDLEA) on Friday said it has uncovered a
suspected drug trafficking cartel at the Akanu
Ibiam International Airport (AIIA) Enugu.
This is contained in a statement issued by the
agencyâ€™s spokesperson in Lagos, Mr Mitchel
Ofoyeju, which was made available to the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to the statement, two officers of the
agency, Daniel Goska and Ndubuisi Ughor, who are
indicted and currently at large, have been
summarily dismissed and declared wanted.
â€œOther suspected members of the group include
Ifeanyichukwu Dayson, a key member of the drug
trafficking organisation, and Emmanuel Okorie an
Operations manager with Ethiopian Airline,â€™â€™ it
It said one Henry Amaechi, a Supervisor,
Passenger Service Department of Nigerian Aviation
Handling Company Plc and Jacob Ezeugwu a ticket
and baggage staff at the airport were among the
The statement quoted the NDLEA Chairman,
Ahmadu Giade, who described the mode of
operation of the drug cartel as strange, as
promising to adhere to global best practice in drug
â€œNo bad egg in the agency will escape justice.
Notwithstanding the strange way the cartel
operates, I am pleased that it was exposed and
â€œThe Agency will continue to adopt superior drug
control strategies in line with global best practice.
â€œThis is one sweet victory over criminal groups.
â€œThe NDLEA is committed to the eradication of
narcotics from our country and will continue to
look both inwards and outwards for subversive
elements,â€ Giade stated.
He also added that although drug barons were
desperate, the agency was committed to
dismantling of drug trafficking organisations in the
The statement also stated that the activities of the
group were exposed when narcotic officials
aborted the exportation of 74.7kg of narcotic drug
that tested positive for Ephedrine.
â€œThe drug was packed in three bags. Two of the
bags weighing 50.7kg were destined for Maputo,
Mozambique while the third bag weighing 24kg was
destined for Johannesburg, South Africa.
â€œThe 74.7kg of Ephedrine had been properly
marked as exhibits and tendered as evidence
before a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu.
â€œIt was gathered from investigation that whenever
the cartel had a consignment of drug, the airline
operations manager will identify passengers on the
flight whose bags are weighing less and tag the
luggage in their names.
â€œOnce this is done, they will contact their partners
at the airport of final destination with the tag
numbers to receive the consignments.
â€œThese findings were further corroborated by the
statements of the innocent passengers whose
names were used to tag the bags containing the
74.7kg of Ephedrine.
â€œWhen invited for questioning, it was discovered
that they had no knowledge of the bags tagged in
their names,â€ the statement stated.
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