By Kenneth Ehigiator
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested an aspirant into Edo State House of Assembly in the 2011 general election, Mr. Eme Zuru Ayotor, while attempting to export 2.120kg of cocaine.
Ayotor, 52, was nabbed by the agencyâ€™s operatives at the screening centre of the airport while about to board a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
The suspect, a pharmacist, also known as Paul Osimele Shegee, was said to have excreted 100 pieces of the substance after being put through observation.
According to NDLEA, the quantity ingested by the suspect is the highest since January. The NDLEA said the suspect was preparing himself financially for the forthcoming election into Edo State House of Assembly.
â€œI contested the 2007 House of Assembly election in Edo State and lost. I also lost all my savings as a practising pharmacist in that election. Now, the coast is clear and I am being favoured to run in 2011 in my party. That was how I got involved in this mess. I needed to reposition myself for the 2011 election financially.
NDLEA Airport Commander, Alhaji Hamza Umar, said the case was under investigation, adding that follow-up operation on the case had been positive.
â€œA follow-up operation into the case is yielding very positive result and at the appropriate time more facts shall be released to the public,â€ Hamza stated.
Reacting to the arrest, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, said the agency was determined to expose anybody dealing in narcotic drugs under any guise.
â€œWe do not look at faces in conducting drug screening and we are not moved by credentials. Whoever is dealing in narcotics shall be exposed and prosecuted in line with the agencyâ€™s Act,â€ Giade warned.
NDLEA had also in recent time arrested a doctorateÂ holder, an ex-councillor and a family at the Lagos airport.