By Albert Akpor
TWO suspected die-hard drug traffickers, Olasunkanmi Adeoyin Muftau and Arinze Michael are currently telling operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, the story of their lives after they were rounded up for allegedly being in possession of substances that tested for cocaine and heroin respectively.
The duo were nabbed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos while attempting to export the hard stuff.
Apart from ingesting 97 and 80 wraps of the drugs respectively, the suspects were also alleged to be connected with a sac of cassava flour popularly called garri abandoned at the departure lounge of the airport, containing 86 grams of substance that tested for cocaine.
Director of Public Affairs of the anti-drug agency, Mr. Michelle Ofoyeju said the traffickers targeted the US drug day to carry out their illicit business. He sad, “ The drug traffickers who targeted the United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking to smuggle drugs at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos met a brick wall with a swift response by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The two suspected drug traffickers were caught with 1.395kg of cocaine, 1.378kg methamphetamine and 15 grammes of heroin while 86 grammes of powdery substance that tested positive to cocaine abandoned by drug barons was recovered at the departure hall of the Lagos airport.”
Reacting to the arrest, Airport commander of NDLEA, Alhaji Hamza Umar, stated that the bag containing 86 grammes of cocaine was abandoned during the outward screening of passengers on Ethiopian Airline flight to India.
According to Hamza, “we discovered that an untagged bag was abandoned at the departure hall during screening of passengers on Ethiopian Airline flight to India. During examination, 86 grammes of cocaine concealed inside garri was found in the bag.
Two male suspects, Adeogun Olasunkanmi Muftau, 42 years and Arinze Michael, 28 years were also arrested for drug trafficking on June 26 which is the UN Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking”.
In the same vein, Chairman of the anti-drug agency, Ahmadu Giade, warned drug trafficking syndicates to quit the evil trade or be prepared to face the consequences. The antidrug czar described the arrest as a pointer to the fact that the Agency is always prepared to stop drug criminals. “The Agency is always prepared to scuttle criminal plans of drug barons.
This is a clear warning that the country is not a safe haven for illicit drug activities. Drug barons incur huge loses while the health of drug addicts who would have used the drugs is safeguarded whenever drugs are seized,” he said.
It was gathered that Adeogun Olasunkanmi Muftau used to sell clothes at Jakara Market on Lagos Island before taking to drug deals. He was alleged to have ingested 97 wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine weighing 1.395kg. He was nabbed on his way from Brazil aboard Qatar Airways flight.
The 42 -year -old trader from Abeokuta, Ogun State claimed he got involved in drug trafficking to make ends meet after his shop was demolished by the Lagos government. However, preliminary investigation has proven otherwise as he is suspected to be working with a drug syndicate in Brazil.
The 1989 graduate of Ayetoro Grammar School was said to have invested $2,000 in the present drug deal in expectation of one N1m profit. Adeogun resides in Lagos with his wife.
On his own part, Arinze Michael, 28 years old factory worker in Japan was also apprehended on his way to Japan. The suspect who is married to a Japanese woman hails from Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Arinze who tested positive to drug ingestion during screening of passengers on Qatar Airways flight is believed to be neck-deep in illicit drug trafficking. While under observation, the suspect excreted 1.378kg of methamphetamine and 15 grammes of heroin.
He was found to have invested 1$3,000 in the drug deal in expectation of making over $70,000. Arinze confessed to have imported some electronics for sale as a cover for his illicit drug business.