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Drugs agency welcomes arrest of Lebanese suspect

09 June 2015, 07:00Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has commended the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for its role in the arrest of a Lebanese drug suspect at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos recently.

The 23-year-old suspect was found in possession of 260 grammes of cocaine.

FAAN supplied the intelligence report that led to the arrest of the suspect during the screening of passengers for a Middle East airline outward bound flight.

NDLEA Head of Public Affairs, Mitchell Ofoyeju, commended the cordial working relations between the NDLEA and FAAN. He called for a more synergy among government agencies.

“I must commend the management of FAAN for the role played in this arrest, this synergy among government agencies should be fostered in the interest of national peace and development. A 23-year-old Lebanese has been apprehended with 260 grammes of cocaine, the drug was hidden inside his boxer shorts,” Ofoyeju said.

“I am happy that FAAN assisted us in making this arrest; when the drug was field tested, it proved positive for cocaine. The suspect holds a dual citizenship of Nigeria and Lebanon and has travelled to Nigeria from Lebanon six times since January 2015,” Ofoyeju added.

The agency commander at the Lagos Airport, Hamza Umar, said the case was still investigated and the suspect would soon be charged to court for unlawful possession and exportation of cocaine.

- CAJ News


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