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NDLEA intercepts indian hemp, heroine at SAHCO, NAHCO sheds at Lagos Airport


Abiola Seun

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has intercepted heroine and Cannabis Sativa (Indian hemp) at the export shed of the Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO) and Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc. (NAHCO aviance).

The NDLEA in a statement said its operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport intercepted 4.2 kilograms of heroin bound for Italy, saying two freight forwarders have been arrested in connection with the seizure.

It reads, “During the preliminary interview, one of the suspects stated that the consignment belongs to one of his customers based in Italy and that it was sent to him from Benin, Edo state through a transport company.”

The statement also revealed that on the 26th May 2021, NDLEA operatives at the NAHCO export shed of MMIA intercepted 30.150 kg of Cannabis Sativa heading to Manchester in the United Kingdom via British Airways and arrested one Anyanwu Chika who is a cargo bag stitcher in connection to the bid.

The drug was neatly concealed inside 30 pieces of bankus palm nut cream tin (Banga soup) after emptying the real content.

It reads, “In his confessional statement, he admitted to having been contracted by one of his customers based in Manchester and had negotiated with him for the sum of one million naira but was paid only seven hundred thousand naira.”

On Thursday, 3rd of June, 2021, operatives equally intercepted 11 parcels of heroin weighing 1.2kg concealed in eleven packs of Indomie noodles at the SAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport. The drug was to go with Ethiopian Airlines to Malaysia via Addis-Ababa.”

A freight agent and an errand boy for the owner of the exhibit have been arrested in connection to the foiled bid.”

Reacting to the latest arrests and seizures at the MMIA, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the Commander, Ahmadu Garba, officers and men of the airport Command for their tenacity and commitment to the mandate of ridding the nation of illicit drugs.

He charged them to remain unrelenting and always watch out for the disingenuous modes of concealment traffickers employ to beat detection

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