NDLEA arrests graduate with 2.18kg of methamphetamine

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The agency did not mention the name of the suspected drug courier.

The NDLEA, in a statement by its Head, Public Affairs, Mr  Ofoyeju Mitchell, said that the seizure was made at the departure hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos.

It said the suspect was to board an Ethiopian Airline flight to Malaysia when the drug was detected in his bag.

The statement quoted the agency’s commander at the airport, Mr Hamza Umar, as saying the suspect was found in possession with the illicit substance.

“He had parcels of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine. The case is under investigation,” it quoted Umar as saying.

The statement quoted the suspect as saying he smuggled drugs out of frustration.

He said, “I am a graduate of Business Administration but have been jobless since I graduated in 2008. After several years of joblessness, I became a commercial bus driver in Lagos. I am single and live in Badagry.

“A man I met at a hotel promised to assist me in getting a job in Malaysia. I was happy to travel out of the country even with drugs out of frustration but I was arrested in the process.

“They promised to pay me 3,500 dollars but I regret everything now because I feel empty inside.”

The statement also quoted the agency’s Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, as describing the arrest as disappointing.

“It is very disappointing for a University graduate who knows the implication of his action to get involved in drug trafficking.

“Besides, he was taking the drug to Malaysia where he would have been executed if caught with narcotics.

“I am happy with the arrest and call on members of the public to support the Agency in the eradication of illicit drugs,” the statement quoted Giade as saying.

It said the suspect would soon be charged to court.



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