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NDLEA Nabs Notorious Drug Baron with Cocaine at Lagos Airport

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, attached to the Murtala Muhammed International Aiport,MMIA, Lagos has announced the arrested of an alleged suspected notorious drug baron, Chief Odugwe Joseph Azubuike, over unlawful importation of 1.025kg of cocaine.

NDLEA in a statement by the spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju stated that Odugwe who is currently on bail over several drug charges brought against him by NDLEA was found with wraps of powdery substances that tested positive for cocaine at MMIA.

Ofoyeju stated that the arrest was made during inward screening of passengers on Emirates airline flight from Dubai.

He added that the wraps of cocaine were packed in duty free polythene inside his luggage, saying that the mode of drug concealment in duty free bags was similar to the last drug charge involving him.

He noted that Azubuike during investigation described has action as a big mistake, but emphasised that he pleaded not guilty to previous charges where drugs were not found on him.

He attributed his crime to the handiwork of his enemies. He hails from Umunya in Uyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.

NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr. Ahmadu Garba described the arrest of Azubuike as a sign of what to expect in the future.

“I am happy with this high profile arrest. It is a good way to start and sign of better days ahead. The suspect travelled to Dubai on 6th September and was arrested on 10th September on arrival at the Lagos airport,” he said.

The commander promised to make the airport difficult for drug traffickers.

Also, Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade said that the arrest of Azubuike was rewarding for the country’s fight against drugs.

He said, “The game is up for the suspect who has been charged to court for sponsoring several drug couriers. This latest arrest is like the icing on the outstanding charges against him. He claimed to be an importer of legitimate goods but his source of income had been exposed. We shall be diligently prosecute and dispossess him of illegal drug proceeds.”

Giade also assured Nigerians that no drug baron shall escape the dragnet of justice.

In May 12, 2010 Chief Odugwe Azubuike was arraigned before Justice Mohammed Liman at the Federal High Court Ikoyi, Lagos on three count charge of conspiracy, aiding and unlawful importation of heroin.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all counts of the charge and was remanded in prison custody.

Chief Odugwe was nabbed in a follow-up operation to the arrest of Olehi Josephine Otuochinma who was caught with 3.150kg of heroin at the Lagos airport on December 29, 2009 at about 1345 hours on arrival from Dubai aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight.

Culled from National Mirror.