The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has intercepted 22 blocks of heroin, with a street value of over N4.5 billion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
This was contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi, on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said the consignment, concealed in packs of Nestle Cerelac baby food, weighed 23.55 kilograms.
He said the consignment came from Johannesburg, South Africa, on board South African Airways flight on Wednesday, June 29.
This, he said, was a part of the consolidated cargo that arrived at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc import shed of the Lagos airport.
“After a series of follow-up operations that led to the arrest of two freight agents, the actual receiver of the drug consignment was Chike Eweni.
“Eweni, who distributes the substance for his South African-based partner, was arrested the following day, Thursday June 30, at a logistics warehouse in Ajao Estate, Ikeja.
The suspect, who hails from Anaocha Local Government Area, Anambra State, claims, during preliminary interview that he is also into fish farming,” he said.
Babafemi said the NDLEA officers at the airport, had on June 27, arrested a former driver with a public transport company, Bus Rapid Transit, Muyiwa Bolujoko, for ingesting 90 pellets of cocaine before the arrest of Eweni.
He said Bolujoko was arrested at the screening point before boarding a Qatar Airways flight, en route Doha to Sharjah, with his trip, expected to terminate in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
He added that the 39-year-old, from Ijebu South LGA, Ogun, was placed under excretion observation after body scan result confirmed the drug ingestion.
“While in custody, the suspect excreted all the 90 pellets in four excretions.
“He claimed he left his N60,000 per month job as a BRT driver in February, and decided to work as drug courier, to raise funds to buy a shuttle bus popularly called ‘Korope’ in Lagos to continue his transport business,” he said.