Nigeria’s anti-drugs agency, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has discovered a cocaine shipment, abandoned at the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos, agency spokeman Mitchell Ofoyeju, said in a press statement here Thursday.
He said that the cocaine, which weighed 4.6kg, was hidden in flasks packed with baby items, adding, like the first consignment, it originated from Panama, in Central America, on board a KLM flight.
The latest development followed the discovery, a month ago, of an abandoned cocaine shipment (weighing 5.9kg) inside industrial equipment, at the Lagos airport.
The press statement said that the Agency also arrested four suspected drug traffickers who were found with narcotics.
The four suspects were named as follows:- Onwuegbuaku Okechukwu Anselm, 35 years of age, Ifediora Romanus Obunike, 26, Ohaebosun Nickolas, 28, and Nwabueze Emmanuel Kansiriyochukwu, 31.
A total seizure of 12.455kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of 137 million naira (about US$ 914,000) was made, the statement indicated.
It quoted the NDLEA Chairman and Chief Executive, Ahmadu Giade, as saying that the abandoned cocaine and other arrests had shown that drug traffickers were having difficulties bringing in their drugs into the country
Giade said that no drug cartel would abandon drugs, knowing how much the drugs cost.
‘Narcotics are very expensive and for drug traffickers to abandon their drugs shows the level of security alertness at the nation’s entry points,’ he said.
‘Both shipments are being investigated and we hope to get those that are behind the importation,” Giade said in the statement .