Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted a large consignment of methamphetamine concealed in powdered custard containers in Lagos.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Mr Babafemi said the consignment was part of a consolidated cargo going to London, United Kingdom.
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He said the drugs were seized at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.
He also said the illicit drug consignment weighing 30.10 kilogrammes with a street value of N567 million was detected and seized by NDLEA operatives at the airport on Tuesday, May 16.
According to him, this was swiftly followed by a series of follow-up operations that led to the arrest of a freight agent, Nwobodo Chidiebere.
He added that a female suspect, Chioma Akuta, and ultimately the drug lord behind the shipment, Charles Ezeh, were arrested at Sotel Suites, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, on Thursday, May 18.
“Ezeh claims he’s a businessman and deals in articles in Onitsha, Anambra, but investigations revealed he lived with his wife and children in London.
“This was until December 10, 2022, when he fled to Nigeria after his involvement in a drug-related offence in the UK.
“Though he claimed to have been living in hotels since his return to Nigeria last December, operatives were, however, able to locate his mansion at No. 1 Hawawu Abikan Street, Lekki, on Friday, May 19.
“This was where a search was conducted, and his travel and property documents, among others, were recovered,” he said.