The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a man, identified as Gabriel Anthony, a 44-year-old father of three, for ingesting 96 pellets of cocaine, which he excreted while in the custody of the agency.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr. Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said the man was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday, November 26; adding that he is a native of Nike in Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu State. He said that the suspect was arrested during an outward clearance of Turkish Airline; specifically at the boarding screening area of the airport enroute Abuja-Istanbul-Madrid.
The suspect had travelled to Germany in 1996 for two years on asylum after which he relocated to Spain in 1999.
“That was where he currently holds a residence permit and works as a driver in a food manufacturing company. He claimed he came into Nigeria on November 17 to sell clothes and car spare parts he shipped to Lagos earlier.
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“He, however, said he could not sell his consignments, which cost him 4,000 Euros; excluding the cost of shipment because they were priced below the cost price at Ladipo market in Lagos. And he needed to travel back to Spain to resume work after the expiration of his annual leave,’’ he said.
Further, Babafemi added that the suspect confessed to have accepted the offer to traffic the drugs; for which he would be paid 1,500 Euros when he successfully delivers the consignment to someone in Spain. He added that the man claimed he left Lagos for Enugu to see his family members; then travelled on November 25 to Onitsha in Anambra.
“This was where he was picked from Upper Iweka park at night and taken to a house where he was given the 96 pellets of cocaine.
“Thereby ingesting before leaving for Abuja to board his flight to Madrid the following day,” he added.