NDLEA Busts a Gang of Drug Traffickers with N350m Shipment of Meth

The Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested three customs licensed clearing and forwarding agents and a motorcycle parts dealer for alleged drug trafficking.

 NDLEA stated on December 26, 2013, Thursday that the suspects were being interrogated in connection with three shipments of methamphetamine meant for export to Malaysia on an Ethiopian Airways flight at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The NDLEA spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju, said the shipment was weighing 70.4 kg and had estimated street value of N352 million.

Three agents involved in drug trafficking identified as Adewuyi Segun (45), Atebata Godwin (27) and Akpaida Kareem Ajayi (33).

The forth member of the group, a 36-year-old motorcycle parts dealer at Nnewi in Anambra State, Ukpabi Paul, was also arrested.

NDLEA stated that the methamphetamine consignments included 32.7 kg brought by Adewuyi Segun, 20 kg brought by Ukpabi Paul and Akpaida Kareem Ajayi, as well as 17.7kg brought by Atebata Godwin.

NDLEA quoted motorcycle parts dealer, Paul, as saying:

“I am married with three children. My role was to give the drug to a clearing agent by name Akpaida Kareem Ajayi. Please, be merciful on me, it is my first time”.

The agency also quoted Ajayi as saying in his statement that his involvement in drug trafficking was motivated by greed and desire to make quick money.

“I have myself to blame because they paid me N500,000 to send the shipment. I agreed to participate in the illegal deal because of the half a million naira that I was offered,” he was quoted as saying.

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