The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) attached to the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, has arrested a Malian, Kone Ali, with compressed cannabis weighing 4kg.
According to the NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, Mr. Hamza Umar, who disclosed this Friday at the airport, the suspect, a businessman and student at Guangdong University of Technology, China, holds dual citizenship of Nigeria and Mali.
Hamza stated that he was arrested at the airport while attempting to board a Kenyan Airways flight to China and that the cannabis was hidden inside foodstuff like melon, dried bitter leaf and assorted local spices.
He added that the 22-year-old suspect, who is studying Chinese language was travelling with a Malian international passport no. B0563273, adding that the suspect was nabbed while trying to check in his luggage.
Preliminary investigation, the commander, said revealed that his Igbo name is Ebuka Onyedigbo and that he hails from Okija, Anambra State.
Hamza said that Kone Ali, who has been living in Guangzhou, China since March 2013 was found with a student identification card of Guangdong University of Technology, China.
“The arrest of Kone Ali by NDLEA officers took place at the departure hall of the Lagos Airport when he brought two bags for check. The first bag was searched and no drug was found. While searching the second bag, it was discovered that five compressed parcels of dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis were packed together with foodstuff” Hamza stated.
The suspect, the anti drug agency said, will soon be charged to court
In his statement Kone said, “I am a victim of carelessness. My friend in China called me that I should bring a bag containing foodstuff from Nigeria. I had every opportunity to have turned down his request, so I take full responsibility for my actions. A man who identified himself as a Ghanaian brought the bag to me in Lagos. He said that he was instructed by my friend in China to bring the bag. At the screening, the drug was found by NDLEA officers. Now I cannot go back to my school and my parents are angry with me.”