Lagos - The National Drug Law Enforcement
Agency (NDLEA) on Friday said it has uncovered a suspected drug trafficking
cartel at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA) Enugu.
This is contained in a statement issued by the agency’s
spokesperson in Lagos, Mr Mitchel Ofoyeju, which was made available to the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to the statement, two officers of the agency,
Daniel Goska and Ndubuisi Ughor, who are indicted and currently at large, have
been summarily dismissed and declared wanted.
"Other suspected members of the group include Ifeanyichukwu
Dayson, a key member of the drug trafficking organisation, and Emmanuel Okorie
an Operations manager with Ethiopian Airline,’’ it stated.
It said one Henry Amaechi, a Supervisor, Passenger Service
Department of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc and Jacob Ezeugwu a ticket
and baggage staff at the airport were among the suspects.
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The statement quoted the NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, who described
the mode of operation of the drug cartel as strange, as promising to adhere to
global best practice in drug control.
"No bad egg in the agency will escape justice.
Notwithstanding the strange way the cartel operates, I am pleased that it was
exposed and ultimately dislodged.
"The Agency will continue to adopt superior drug control
strategies in line with global best practice.
"This is one sweet victory over criminal groups.
"The NDLEA is committed to the eradication of narcotics
from our country and will continue to look both inwards and outwards for
subversive elements,” Giade stated.
He also added that although drug barons were desperate, the
agency was committed to dismantling of drug trafficking organisations in the
The statement also stated that the activities of the group
were exposed when narcotic officials aborted the exportation of 74.7kg of
narcotic drug that tested positive for Ephedrine.
"The drug was packed in three bags. Two of the bags
weighing 50.7kg were destined for Maputo, Mozambique while the third bag
weighing 24kg was destined for Johannesburg, South Africa.
"The 74.7kg of Ephedrine had been properly marked as
exhibits and tendered as evidence before a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu.
"It was gathered from investigation that whenever the
cartel had a consignment of drug, the airline operations manager will identify
passengers on the flight whose bags are weighing less and tag the luggage in
"Once this is done, they will contact their partners at the
airport of final destination with the tag numbers to receive the consignments.
"These findings were further corroborated by the statements
of the innocent passengers whose names were used to tag the bags containing the
74.7kg of Ephedrine.
"When invited for questioning, it was discovered that they
had no knowledge of the bags tagged in their names,” the statement stated.