NDLEA apprehends Brazil-based drug baron with N8bn worth of cocaine

Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency arrested a Brazil-based drug baron, Ejiofor Enwereaku, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, seizing N8bn worth of cocaine and $24,500.

This was revealed in a statement by the NDLEA Director of Publicity and Media, Femi Babalola which was released on Sunday, 23rd of May, 2021.

Ejiofor Enwereaku was arrested at the Lagos airport on Friday for importing 27.95 kilograms of cocaine in a traveling bag.

On the 8th of May, 2021, narcotic agents at MMIA intercepted a bag that arrived in Lagos from Brazil through Ethiopia, which contained 27.95kg of cocaine and was disclaimed by the owner.

A follow-up on the bag ownership led to the arrest of the suspect upon his arrival from Ethiopia on Friday.

According to the statement, Enwereaku leads a syndicate that specializes in planting drugs in the bags of innocent travelers.

To compromise the investigation, the suspect had offered a bribe of $24,500 to the NDLEA, which was seized from him.

The Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. General Buba Marwa (retd), who had monitored the investigation, commended the operatives for their diligence and resilience in tackling the drug baron.

“I have warned that we will henceforth not only go after the traffickers but, with the same vigor, target the cartels and the kingpins that operate them.

“The latest arrest is a clear confirmation that we will match our words with action and that we will come for those who will not back out of the criminal trade,” Gen. Marwa said.

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