By Kenneth Ehigiator
Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a fake medical doctor at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, for attempting to traffic 1.020kg of cocaine to London.
Also caught was one Onyike Boniface Anya, who arrived the country aboard a South African Airways flight from Brazil with 950 grammes of cocaine.
The fake doctor, Ndenojuo Obinna Franklin, whose documents indicated that he had been invited to London as a medical doctor, was arrested at the screening point on his way to board a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight to London.
Found on the 34-year-old primary school dropout was a document addressed to him as Dr. Ndenojuo Obinna Franklin inviting him to an International Conference in Manchester.
The Anambra-born suspect said it was frustration that led him into drug trafficking, confirming that he was not actually a medical doctor.
‘It’s my first’
He said: â€œThis is my first time of dealing in illegal drugs and it is due to frustration. Since I returned from Switzerland in 2009, I could not get any job. In fact, I am not a doctor but they used it to prepare my travel documents. I invested my life savings, about N2.5 million I made while working in Europe, in the trade. I feel so bad and I regret my action.â€
NDLEA Airport Commander, Alhaji Hamza Umar, said preliminary findings showed that Franklin who returned from Switzerland last year had links with international drug cartels.
â€œFrom our records, the suspect who claimed to be a doctor was in Switzerland between 2008 and 2009.Â His plan was to secure an easy passage under the canopy of a doctor but we were able to stop him. We strongly believe he is not alone, the case is, therefore, under investigation,â€ Umar said.
NDLEA boss speaks
Reacting to the arrest, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, said the suspect might face document forgery charge in addition to unlawful exportation of narcotics.
He urged youths to embrace hard-work, patience and obey the laws of the land in order to become future leaders.
Giade said: â€œI want the youths to learn from the mistakes of others. Drug trafficking is criminal and brings shame irrespective of race or age. As for the suspect, he will be charged for drug trafficking and will be handed over to the police in connection with the alleged forgery of document.â€
The NDLEA said the second suspect, Onyike Bonniface Anya, had spent three years in search of greener pastures in Brazil but could not make ends meet.
â€œI teach English language in Brazil but after working for three years, there was nothing to show for it. I decided to come back home and marry but could not even afford my ticket money. In the process of narrating my predicament, I met a man who introduced me into drug business. He gave me the drug with an agreement that when I get to Nigeria, the drug will be sold and I will have half of the money realised from the sale,â€ said the Abia State-born suspect.