A19-year-old student, Benjamin Daberechi, has been arrested by the Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for attempting to export 7.2 kg of methamphetamine concealed in crayfish to Europe where he was going for studies.
This development was revealed in a statement on Sunday by the agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, Daberechi who said he was arrested on Wednesday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja during an outward clearance of passengers on Turkish Airlines flight TK 0624.
According operatives who claimed he was heading to Cyprus for studies, a white substance was found in the Daberechi’s luggage which tested positive for Methamphetamine.
“Operatives of the NDLEA, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja arrested a 19-year-old student, Benjamin Daberechi, for attempting to export 7.2Kg of methamphetamine concealed in crayfish to Europe where he was going for undergraduate studies.
“While being interviewed by operatives, Daberechi claimed he was a student on his way to Cyprus for studies, but upon a thorough search of his luggage, he was found in possession of 7.2kg of whitish substance neatly concealed inside a sack of crayfish.
“A field test of the substance however proved positive to Methamphetamine,” the statement read.
Interestingly, a female lawyer identified as Ebikpolade Helen was also arrested after operatives recovered 5kg of cannabis and 12 bottles of skuchies in her Lekki apartment, Babafemi said.
“Meanwhile, a Lekki Lagos-based female lawyer, Ebikpolade Helen, who specialises in the production and distribution of skuchies, a mixture of cannabis, opioids, and black currant has been arrested in a follow-up operation in Awka, Anambra State following an earlier seizure of 5kg cannabis and 12 bottles of prepared skuchies in her apartment at Lekki,” he said.
Babafemi revealed that the operatives intercepted a 116.5kg consignment of Colorado hidden in motor spare parts.
In his words, “In the same vein, operatives of the Tincan Port Command of the Agency on Tuesday, July 11, intercepted 116.5kg consignment of Colorado, a strong strain of cannabis concealed in bags hidden in a heap of used vehicles parts on the floor of a container marked FCIU 8459700, bearing three units of used vehicles imported from Toronto, Canada.
“Based on intelligence, the agency had requested a 100% examination of the container which arrived at the TICT terminal of the port on June 14. A joint examination with the Nigeria Customs Service, Department of State Services, and other stakeholders on Tuesday, July 11, however, led to the discovery of 233 parcels of the illicit substance stashed inside travelling bags on the floor of the container, covered with used vehicle spare parts.”