NDLEA seizes N4.5 billion in heroin concealed in baby food at Lagos airport

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At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency intercepted 22 blocks of heroin worth over N4.5 billion.
This was said in a statement issued by Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy for the NDLEA, on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi stated that the shipment, which was hidden in Nestle Cerelac baby food packages, weighed 23.55 kg.
He reported that the shipment originated from Johannesburg, South Africa, aboard a South African Airways flight on June 29.

This, he explained, was part of the consigned cargo that arrived at the Lagos airport import shed of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc.

“After a series of follow-up operations that led to the arrest of two freight agents, Chike Eweni was identified as the true recipient of the narcotics shipment.”
Eweni, who distributes the material for his partner in South Africa, was detained the next day, on Thursday, June 30, at a logistics warehouse in Ajao Estate, Ikeja.
“The suspect, who is from the Anaocha Local Government Area in the state of Anambra, claims he is also involved in fish farming,” he stated.
Babafemi stated that NDLEA operatives at the airport detained Muyiwa Bolujoko, a former driver for Bus Rapid Transit, on June 27 for taking 90 pellets of cocaine prior to the arrest of Eweni.
According to him, Bolujoko was apprehended at the screening point prior to boarding a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Sharjah; his trip was scheduled to end in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The 39-year-old man from Ijebu South LGA, Ogun, was placed under excretion monitoring after a body scan confirmed narcotic ingestion.
“While in detention, the defendant expelled all ninety pellets in four separate excretions.”
He said he quit his N60,000-per-month job as a BRT driver in February and began working as a drug courier in order to purchase a shuttle bus popularly known as a “Korope” in Lagos so he could continue his transportation company,” he added.
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