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NDLEA Busts Qatar-Bound Illicit Drugs

Chidinma Chinenye

Report from Lagos says, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have apprehended and detained a 35-year-old lady, Chidinma Chinenye Agbazue while attempting to export 20 parcels of cannabis sativa weighing 10.70 kilograms to Doha, Qatar, PM News reports.

NDLEA’s Spokesman, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in statement on Sunday.

The drugs were reportedly concealed in African salad popularly called Abacha and dried vegetables.

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Chidinma was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA). Ikeja, Lagos State.

Babafemi said, NDLEA officers at the Lagos airport working in partnership with men of the Department of State Security had on Thursday 28th March intercepted Chidinma, an outbound passenger from Lagos to Doha, on Qatar Airways during clearance of passengers at the screening point of terminal 11 of the MMIA.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that Chidinma was based in Qatar but returned to Nigeria last December for Christmas celebration.

“She said preparatory to her return to Doha, she was lodged at Club Dice Hotel in Ikotun area of Lagos where the consignment was handed over to her for trafficking to the Arab country,” Babafemi said.

He added that two suspects: Monday Okeke and Chigozie Emeka were on Tuesday 26th March arrested by NDLEA operatives in Oniwaya, Yaba and Agege area of Lagos, where they recovered from them 842,560 pills of opioids especially tramadol in addition to 15 litres of codeine syrup and 596 grams of Molly.

“Attempt by Okeke to bribe the NDLEA officers with N5 million cash was rebuffed while the money was documented as part of exhibits to prosecute the suspects in court,” he said.

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