The arrest of the two Nigerian businessmen was preceded by the seizure of the drugs by the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB). The seizure has been described as the biggest in recent times in the West African country’s Tema Harbour.
Street Journal gathered that the illicit substance was carefully concealed in a 40-foot container with the number MRK 257478-45 GI laden with 1,946 boxes of shampoo imported from Bolivia.
Nii Lante Blankson, the Deputy Executive Secretary of NACOB disclosed that an intelligence report was received last December that a cargo said to contain cosmetics was heading for Tema Harbour and that the said cargo was also suspected to contain some narcotics.
He stated that when the container docked at Tema on January 29, NACOB officials immediately mounted surveillance on it and when a clearing agent showed up after two weeks with the necessary papers to clear the goods, he was promptly arrested to aid investigations. According to the NACOB Deputy Executive Secretary, the cargo was originally built to contain 22 pallets of different cosmetics but when it was examined, it was found to contain 1,946 cartons, 33 of which contained 198 yellow bottles of cocaine while 29 others contained 174 green bottles of cocaine.
The container was subsequently traced to Elekechukwu who was arrested in his house near Welja. He however opened up on interrogation that the container actually belonged to Chief Eze, who he said was his classmate and friend.
Findings have also revealed that Chief Eke’s company, De Consumables Company was allegedly registered using fake documents. Eze was arrested at the Accra Shopping Mall during a meeting with the clearing agent and Elekechukwu after being carefully lured to Ghana. Four Nigerian passports with different names were found in his possession.