By: Olajide Toriola
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has seized a consignment of cocaine weighing 9.150 kilogrammes, worth £3.8 million (N1.9 billion) inside soles of shoes at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
According to a statement by the agency on Sunday, the substance was discovered in a shipment of shoes during inward screening of passengers on a Turkish Airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Muhammad Abdallah, Chief Executive of the NDLEA, said the huge profit derived from drug trafficking has made it a top priority for drug cartels.
“We must continue to take deliberate steps to intercept drugs and ultimately prevent the criminal enrichment of drug cartels,” said Mr. Abdallah, a retired colonel.
“Illicit drug proceeds negatively affect economic development, could be used to corrupt government officials and terrorism funding thereby subjecting mankind to widespread destruction.”
“There was an arrest at the weekend of a 34 year old suspect, Okolo Emenike Kingsley, who hails from Ezeagu, Enugu State,” Hamisu Lawan, NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, said.
It was the agency’s last arrest of 2016 at the airport.