Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency of Nigeria (NDLEA) Thursday arrested a 400 level student at the newly upgraded Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.
The suspect, Chizoba Anselem Nwabuwa, a 32 year-old Fine and Applied Arts 400L student at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State was apprehended during the inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian flight from Brazil enroute Addis-Ababa. According to the head of the NDLEA at the Enugu Airport, Mr. Nsikak-Abasi Udoh who confirmed the arrest the suspect excreted 25 wraps of liquid that tested positive for cocaine weighing 1.250kg.
This first arrest and seizure is exciting to us because we just commenced operations” Nsikak-Abasi stated.
Narrating his ordeal Nwabuwa stated that he had wanted to use the proceeds from the illicit trade to finance his Art Gallery.
His words: “I am a 400 level student of Fine & Applied Arts at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. I wanted to use the half a million naira (N500,000) they promised to pay me in developing my Art Gallery.
They assured me in Brazil that authorities will not be able to detect liquid cocaine, so I was confident. Unfortunately, things have turned-out the other way. I regret my involvement in drug trafficking”.
Meanwhile, Chairman of NDLEA Ahmadu Giade while expressing satisfaction with the arrest said that the agency would give high priority attention to all the airports in order to apprehend drug smugglers across the country.
In his words, “the Agency accords high priority attention to all the airports. We shall continue to up-scale our operations at the airports and prevent drug trafficking syndicates from using the nation’s airports”.
Giade urged members of the public to pursue legitimate businesses at all times noting that a good name is far better than ill-gotten wealth.
He further pointed out that the suspect will soon be charged to court.