[contextly_auto_sidebar id=”WASDKeol6A5fpsguy2Jj6WmygiqFk5B8″]The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Friday said it has discovered a suspected drug trafficking cartel at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu.
The agency’s spokesperson in Lagos, Mr Mitchel Ofoyeju, said two of it personnel, Daniel Goska and Ndubuisi Ughor, who are indicted and yet to be found, have been summarily dismissed and declared wanted.
According to him, Other suspected members of the group include Ifeanyichukwu Dayson, a key member of the drug trafficking organisation, and Emmanuel Okorie an Operations manager with Ethiopian Airline.
Ofoyeju also said one Henry Amaechi, a Supervisor, Passenger Service Department of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc and Jacob Ezeugwu a ticket and baggage staff at the airport were among the suspects.
Also reacting to the development, the NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, described the mode of operation of the drug cartel as strange, vowing to adhere to global best practice in drug control.
While lamenting the desperation of drug barons, he said the agency was committed to dismantling of drug trafficking organisations in the country.
He explained that the group’s activities were exposed when narcotic officials aborted the exportation of 74.7kg of narcotic drug that tested positive for Ephedrine.
“The drug was packed in three bags. Two of the bags weighing 50.7kg were destined for Maputo, Mozambique while the third bag weighing 24kg was destined for Johannesburg, South Africa.
“The 74.7kg of Ephedrine had been properly marked as exhibits and tendered as evidence before a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu.
In the revelation, he said, “NDLEA gathered from investigation that whenever the cartel had a consignment of drug, the airline operations manager will identify passengers on the flight whose bags are weighing less and tag the luggage in their names.
He assured that “once this is done, they will contact their partners at the airport of final destination with the tag numbers to receive the consignments.
“These findings were further corroborated by the statements of the innocent passengers whose names were used to tag the bags containing the 74.7kg of Ephedrine.
“When invited for questioning, it was discovered that they had no knowledge of the bags tagged in their names”.