A 56-year old man has confessed that he sold five plots of his family land to buy cocaine with the hope that he will make more money in the drug trade, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, said this morning.
suspect, Chiafor Emmanuel Ndubuisi, was arrested at the Murtala
Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, at the
weekend, by NDLEA officials with 97 wraps of cocaine concealed in his
stomach, as he attempted to board a British Airways flight to London,
the agency said.
The total weight of the ingested drug is 1.990
kilogrammes and has an estimated street value of N15 million, Mitchell
Ofoyeju, the NDLEA Head of Public Affairs, said.
“I am totally
confused. I was deceived into the drug trade with a promise of making
five times the money I invested. My intention was to start my business
in a big way. Now, I have lost everything. I now understand why they
lured me into giving them N5 million as my contribution to the deal,”
The agency said that the ingested drug represents the highest quantity ingested since January 2011.
of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said that drug traffickers’ hope of making
money will continue to be dashed like that of Chiafor.
to Giade, “one sure way to reduce illicit drug trafficking in the
country is through arrest and seizure of drugs. This way, drug barons
are made to forfeit their huge investment in the criminal act.”
said that preliminary investigation carried out by the agency revealed
that the suspect attended Asa Road Primary School, Aba, South-East
He however could not further his education due to financial challenges. He later learnt how to repair vehicles for four years.
After a stint as an automobile technician, he started selling auto parts.
was greed that eventually pushed him into selling his family land to
start his business in a big way. All that is now a fantasy as Chiafor
who hails from Arungwa in Isialangwa area of Abia State will appear in
He is married and has a child,” NDLEA said.