By Kenneth Ehigiator
A young secondary school leaver, who was identified as Solomon Ehigie, is among nine other drug trafficking suspects arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, in the last two weeks.
Solomon was arrestedÂ May 24, while attempting to board an Air France flight to Paris, along with one Ejiro Henry who was caught on his way to Rome aboard an Alitalia flight.
While Ehigie ingested 66 pieces of cocaine, weighing 900 grammes, Ejiro Henry ingested 73 wraps of cocaine, weighing 1.285 of cocaine.
Aside the two, eight others were arrested with a combined total weight of hard drugs estimated at 12.33kg, comprising 11.215kg of cocaine and 1.115kg of heroin.
Among those arrested during the period were Osaze Godwin, who ingested 60 pieces of cocaine, weighing 1.010kg; Izevbokun Kelvin, who ingested 111 pieces of cocaine, weighing 1.610kg and Joe Favour, who ingested 82 pieces of cocaine, weighing 1.300kg.
Others include Nwodo Ogochukwu, who swallowed 95 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.515kg; Chinedu Okeke, who swallowed 69 wraps of heroin, weighing 1.115kg; Obarisiagbon Marvis, who ingested 77 pieces of cocaine, weighing 1.445kg; Liasu Ismaila Ajadi, who ingested 80 wraps of cocaine, weighing 1.190kg and Omorose Kingsley, who swallowed 960 grammes of cocaine..
Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, charged youths to eschew get-rich-quick syndrome and embrace the principles of discipline.
Giade, in his goodwill message on the nationâ€™s Democracy Day, charged youths to take advantage of the numerous windows of opportunities offered by the stable and growing democratic system in the country to reposition themselves for leadership responsibilities.
He identified indiscipline and greed as the prevalent factors responsible for the involvement of youths in narcotic trafficking, and urged youths to positively re-brand themselves in line with the practice of integrity and contentment.
According to him, a good name is priceless and what integrity and discipline offers is far more valuable than silver and gold.
â€œDrug traffickers usually act on impulse as a result of greed and indiscipline. Unfortunately, many only have a re-think after they had been caught,â€ the NDLEA boss stated.
Giade revealed that drug barons now deploy Nigerians resident in Europe with valid travel documents, adding that only two of those arrested during the period were based in the country.