A trans-border trafficker, Emeka Okoro, and another drug dealer, Ibrahim Bello, have been arrested in Abuja by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency with cocaine weighing 1.1kilogramme, which has a street value of N264m.
Spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said Okoro was intercepted with 900grammes of cocaine in a commercial bus along Abuja-Gwagwalada Road on Monday based on intelligence, while Bello was nabbed with 200grammes of the illicit drug in Zuba area of the Federal Capital Territory on the same day through a controlled delivery operation.
Head of NDLEA in the FCT, Mohammed Sokoto, disclosed that Okoro was an intending traveller to Libya through Kano and Agadez in Niger Republic when he was arrested.
“The wraps of cocaine were not to be swallowed as has always been the case, but to be concealed in Jerry cans of palm oil and transported through the border in Kano to Agadez and Libya.
“The suspect, Emeka Okoro, revealed that this has been the trend in the past months” the FCT Commander of NDLEA disclosed.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State Command of the agency has intercepted and seized 157.5kilogrammes of skunk concealed in false panels in a Peugeot J5 bus with registration number Lagos AGL 641 XW while a 43-year-old suspect, Christian Godwin, was arrested.
Head of the agency in Kogi, Adewunmi Alfred, said the suspect and his consignment were intercepted at a patrol point in Lokoja, the state capital.
The skunk was sourced from Ikire in Osun State, and was heading to Masaka in Nasarawa State when it was confiscated.