NDLEA Nabs Fish Farmer With 25Kg Of Ephedrine At Kano Airport


Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the international wing of the Mallam Aminu Kano Airport (MAKA) have arrested  a 59 year old fish farmer  with 25 kilogrammes of substances that tested positive for ephedrine

They were found in the suspect’s luggage while trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight to Johannesburg, South Africa through Addis Ababa.

NDLEA Kano Airport Commander, Mr Ambrose Umoru ,who disclosed this said that the suspect was intercepted at the departure waiting lounge based on intelligence and that the drug was concealed in his luggage.

“The suspect was arrested following a tip-off after he had already gone through screening. When the substance was detected, it was tested and found to be positive for ephedrine. Already, an investigation had commenced into the case since the arrest on July 15” Umoru stated.

The 59-year-old Enugu based fish farmer said he smuggled drugs in order to expand his fish farming business.

According to Chukwuani, “I am a fish farmer at Agbogugu,  Agwu Local Government Area of Enugu State.  I am married with three children and due to financial problems; my business was almost going into extinction. I decided to smuggle drugs to invest the money in my fish farm. They promised to pay me the sum of $2,000 ”.

The suspect attended Central School and St. Vincent Secondary School both in Agbogugu, Enugu State.

NDLEA Chief Executive, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd) while reacting to the arrest and seizure reiterated the importance of intelligence in the fight against drug trafficking.

“Effective drug control is predicated on excellent intelligence management. This case is a validation of the cardinal role of good intelligence gathering and processing. The case is being investigated and further information shall be provided to members of the public” Abdallah stated.

The NDLEA boss also assured that more arrests in connection with the seizure are in the offing and that the suspect will soon be charged to court.


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