Okolo Emenike Kingsley, who hails from Ezeagu, Enugu State, was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with 9.150kg of cocaine which were hidden and concealed in the soles of shoes he imported into the country.
His arrest came during the inward screening of passengers on a Turkish airline that landed from Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja last weekend.
According to the Commander of the NDLEA, Hamisu Lawan, in his statement, he noted that the drug is worth about 3.8million pounds, that’s about N1.9 billion.
According to Muhammad Abdallah, the Chief Executive of the NDLEA, he stated that the huge profit in drug trafficking business has made many to people venture into it.
“We must continue to take deliberate steps to intercept drugs and ultimately prevent the criminal enrichment of drug cartels,” Mr. Abdallah said.
“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.
“The motorcycle parts dealer said that he was offered the sum of one million naira to smuggle the drugs to Nigeria. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect is cooperating with our team of undercover officers.”
The suspect in his own story revealed that he was offered a million naira to smuggle the drugs into Nigeria.
According to him, he was a motorcycle parts dealer, but the currently recession hit his business and he could no more sustain himself.
His childhood friend offered to give him N1million if he could smuggle the cocaine into Nigeria.
“I am a motorcycle parts dealer, married with a child,” the suspect said.
“Things became worse for me in Brazil because I had no money to sustain myself while my work permit was being processed. I was equally confronted with the fear of deportation. This made me to be desperate in my search for quick wealth.
“In the process, I met my childhood friend who offered me one million naira to traffic cocaine to Nigeria. He also paid for my ticket and gave me three bags of shoes containing the cocaine. On arrival at the Abuja airport, the cocaine was detected and I was arrested. I had wanted to invest the one million naira in business in Nigeria,” he said.