The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has apprehended four suspects
for unlawful importation and exportation of illicit drugs, including
cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis with a combined weight of 25.25kg,
at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, original Biafra capital.

A statement from the agency’s Head, Public Affairs, Mr. Ofoyeju
Mitchell, said two of the suspects were heading for Malaysia and China, 
before they were     arrested.

One of them, Okafor Chidimma Deborah, a 30-year-old professional
dancer, was going to Malaysia with 3.450kg of amphetamine hidden in
jeans trouser, while the other suspect, Utobo Prince Davies
Chidiebere, a 33-year-old trader, was found with 17.800kg of cannabis
hidden inside a sack of bitter leaf, on his way to China.

Two other suspects – Nwachukwu Nwadi Victor, 45, and Celestine Okoye
Ugochukwu, 40, were arrested while returning from Brazil.

Nwachukwu was found with 2.200kg of cocaine hidden inside a music
player, while Ugochukwu was arrested after 800 grammes of cocaine was
discovered inside the handle of his luggage.

NDLEA Commander at the Enugu airport, Nsikak-Abasi Udoh, explained
that all four arrests were made during routine checks on Ethiopia
Airline flights.

“Those arrested include a dancer, two traders and a factory worker –
they were randomly intercepted during screening of Ethiopian Airline
flights.

“The suspects have provided us with useful information for further
investigation.The command will charge them to court soon,” Udoh said.

In her statement, the dancer, Deburah, who disclosed that she hails
from Imo State, said she was promised the sum of $3,500 to export the
illicit drugs to Malaysia.She said, “I am a dancer, I was broke and needed money.

“I have been approached on many occasions to smuggle drugs but I
turned down the proposal.

“They paid my return ticket and offered me $3,500. The drug was
concealed in jeans trousers.

“I thought that I could earn some quick money in few days.”

Chidebere hoped to export the drugs to China in order to raise funds
for the shipment of his goods from China to Biafraland.

“I am a trader, I bought some goods but I have no money for the shipment.

“A friend in China told me that if I can smuggle cannabis to China, I
can earn good money for the shipment of my goods and extra money for myself.

“I never knew that they will detect the drug because it was carefully
hidden,” Utobo, who said he hails from Ebonyi State, told investigators.

Nwachukwu, a factory worker in Brazil, said he bought the drugs for
ten thousand dollars in Brazil.

According to him, he intended to sell the drugs in Biafra to raise
money to solve some undisclosed family problems.

The Chairman of the NDLEA noted that the two suspects who were apprehended
on their way to Malaysia and
China would have been killed by the authorities if they had succeeded in 
entering those countries.

He therefore urged all stakeholders to pay priority attention to the
drug control efforts in order to save the lives of Biafrans.

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