By Albert Akpor
THE Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was literally turned into a war theatre after two drug suspects who were arrested for testing positive to hard drugs vehemently contested the result of the test conducted on them.
One of the suspects who identified himself as Emmanuel Nwada Izuchukwu even threatened to commit suicide at the departure hall of the airport, claiming that the anti-drug officials accused him wrongly.
Both suspects rattled NDLEAâ€™s officials for several hours since they could not immediately excrete the substance so much so that the Airport Commander of the agency, Alhaji Hamisu Lawal became no less confused but ordered a continuos test and observation on the suspects which later yielded results two days after.
First to start the drama was a 48-year-old Systems Engineer who identified himself as Uche Manifesto. He was arrested for testing positive to hard drugs during the screening of passengers of British Airways flight to London.
The Imo State born father of two rattled officials of NDLEA for several hours, insisting that he was wrongly accused of ingesting hard drugs. But the anti-drug officials were resolute and insisted that he had substances inside him.
After the fourth excretion and there was no drug in their faeces, the self acclaimed systems engineer went mad with NDLEA officials, saying that he was wrongly detained. However, the shocker came moments afterwards when Uche started excreting wraps of the substance at the fifth trial, which was the second day in detention.
He became sober as he finally excreted 100 wraps of the hard drug weighing 1.6kg. All he could mutter was that the ingestion was a special one and blamed the monetary attachment as being responsible for his travail. He was promised 6,000 pound sterling if he succeeded.
Shortly afterwards, the other suspect, Emmanuel Nwada Izuchukwu, the 26-year- Idemili, Anambra State born trader who was a passenger on Ethiopian Airways flight to Dubai became uncomfortable as he too started excreting the wrapped substances.
At the end of the 15 minutes exercise, he excreted 60 wraps of the hard drug weighing 850grams. The pensive looking Emmanuel lamented that he took to the devilish way of making a living after he was duped huge sums of money. If he had succeeded, he too would have been 3,000.00 pound sterling richer.
â€œI was a successful business man until I was duped of N4 million. My mother was sick, my rent had expired and I am a family man with two children. That was how I agreed to the 3,000 pounds drug deal to re-establish myself.â€
Asked why he was acting out a drama saying that the agencyâ€™s operatives wrongly accused him, he said, â€œI felt bad when I was arrested. I did not know what to do. It was like my world has ended,â€ he lamented.
Impressed with the case, Chairman ofÂ NDLEA Ahmadu Giade commended the officers for a good job, pointing out that the agency was more than ever ready to expose any trick to smuggle drugs at the airports. â€œWe are not moved by academic qualifications, composure and accent of drug suspects. They are diversionary tactics that we will not succumb to,â€ Giade assured.