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NDLEA Intercepts N1.1bn travellers’ cheques, 10.89kg cocaine at Lagos airport

NDLEA intercepts tons of Tramadol, cannabis in 5 states
Written by Maritime First

Suspect arrested in connection to the money intercepted

… Seizes 2.3m tramadol, 2,919 codeine in Kaduna***

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted travellers’ cheques in various foreign currencies of over N1.1billion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.

This is contained in a statement by Mr Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, of the agency, on Sunday in Abuja.

Also read: NDLEA seizes 1.1 tonnes of Tramadol, 396 kg of codeine syrup in Kaduna

Babafemi said that at least, one suspect, Oguma Uchenna, had been arrested in connection to an attempt to export the cheques.

These cheques, he said, were neatly concealed inside four bound hardcover books, disguised as academic project literature, to the United Kingdom.

He said that the financial instruments suspected to be counterfeits were discovered on April 27, at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) export shed of the Lagos airport.

He explained that the discovery was made during cargo examination of some consignments meant for exportation to the UK on a cargo flight.

“A breakdown of the cheques shows they have monetary values of two hundred and eighty-seven thousand, six hundred and twenty-three dollars, thirty-one cent ($287, 623.31)

“One million, four hundred and fifty-six thousand, three hundred Canadian dollars ($1,456,300) and One million, two hundred and ninety-seven thousand, eight hundred (1,297,800) euros.

“This is with a total value of one billion, one hundred and fifty-seven million, six hundred and seventy thousand, four hundred and sixty-nine Naira and ninety-two kobo (N1,157, 670,469.92),” he said.

In the same vein, operatives of NDLEA at the airport had foiled attempts by drug traffickers to smuggle into the country,  10.89 kilograms of cocaine, through a Qatar Airways flight.

Babafemi said that the illicit drug was hidden in seven children’s duvets, packed in an unaccompanied bag from Brazil.

He quoted the chairman of the NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, as commending the officers and men of the MMIA, for the seizures and arrests in the past week.

Marwa charged them and their compatriots across the country, to remain steadfast and vigilant in their areas of responsibility.

In the same vein, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has seized a total of 47 cartons of suspected fake Tramadol, comprising 2.3 million tablets, weighing 1222kg in Zaria, Kaduna state.

The NDLEA spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, who said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, added that the seizures were made on April 25.

Suspect and Tramadol tablets intercepted

Babafemi said that a dealer, Chinedu Asogwa, was arrested on April 26 along the Abuja-Kaduna express road.

He said that the suspect was arrested with 2,919 bottles of cough syrup with codeine, measuring 291.9litres and a gross weight of 396kg.

Meanwhile, Babafemi said that raid operations in Ondo and Akwa Ibom States had also led to the seizure of about 2,000kg of tramadol, codeine, cannabis and heroin.

“In Ondo state, 401kg of cannabis was recovered and two suspects; Julius Dapo, 56 and Emeka Ikebuaku, 32, were arrested at Ipele forest, in the Owo area, on Sunday, April 24.

“On the same day, a transborder drug trafficker, Chigbo Chinonye, 42, was arrested with amphetamine weighing 2.5kg and heroin weighing 0.5kg.

“This was during a stop and search operation conducted along the Oron- Ibaka road on his way to Cameroon.

He concealed the drugs using false bottom packaging, ” he said.

Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, as commending officers and men of the agency’s Commands in Kaduna, Ondo and Akwa Ibom States, for the seizures and arrests.

Marwa charged them and their compatriots across the country to remain steadfast and vigilant in their areas of responsibility.

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