It was a big haul for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) as it intercepted Dubai inbound passenger, with 193 wraps of substance suspected to be cocaine.
The said drug was said to have been hidden inside a passenger’s socks, who arrived from Dubai at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
In a statement issued and signed by the agency’s spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju and made available to newsmen in Lagos, said the drug which tested positive for cocaine with a total weight of 3.4 kilogrammes was detected during routine screening of passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai.
The statement quoted the NDLEA Commander at the airport, Ahmadu Garba, as giving the name of the suspect as Samuel Maduewesi.
“During screening of passengers at the arrival hall, officers noticed that he had some items attached to his legs”, disclosed the statement.
“It was cleverly done but not good enough to escape our notice.
“When his socks were pulled down, suspected wraps of narcotics found to be cocaine fell down on the floor.
“He was immediately arrested and taken for further investigation.”
NDLEA Chairman, Muhammad Abdallah, called for stringent monitoring of Dubai-Lagos route by officers, to stem the growing trend of drug traffickers on that route.
He said, “This is an interesting arrest and I commend the officers for the discovery.
“Dubai-Lagos route is gradually gaining notoriety and we are monitoring it closely.
“Let me assure members of the public that the NDLEA is working very hard in preventing illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse in the country.”