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NDLEA arrests 3 clearing agents at MMIA

25 January 2013, 14:05

Lagos - Mr Ahmadu Giade, Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said that three clearing agents have been arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos for trying to export drugs.

Giade said this in a news statement issued on Thursday by Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, head of the agency's public Affairs, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He also advised clearing agents nationwide to properly know their customers, adding that the law would run its full course on them if they were found wanting.

Giade said the three agents arrested were workers of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), adding that they were apprehended for attempting to smuggle two consignments of methamphetamine on an Emirates flight to Malaysia.

He added that the drugs, weighing 36.44kg, were concealed in foodstuffs and laptop bags, declared as personal effects by the consignor.

``Following the discovery of the drug, we arrested three clearing agents and they are currently being interrogated.

``The total weight of methamphetamine found in both packages is 36.44kg. The first consignment of methamphetamine hidden in garri, dry fish and yams, weighed 6.95kg, while the second weighing 29.48kg was hidden in laptop bags, `` he said.

Giade said that the agents were expected to take necessary precautionary measures, such as knowing their customers and checking any consignment for shipment.

He noted that the Agency would continue " to prosecute agents whenever drugs are detected in the cargo they are processing.

``Anti-narcotic Agency dismissed the claim by the suspects that they thought the drug was a food seasoning.

``Investigation had commenced and we hope to apprehend other persons connected with the illegal shipment, `` Giade promised.


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