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The National Drug Law Enforcement
Agency (NDLEA) arrested a 59-year-old
man with 25kg of substances tested to be
ephedrine (a medication and stimulant),
while trying to board an Ethiopian airline
flight from the Aminu Kano International
Airport to South Africa.
The NDLEA says Ephedrine (EPH)
or pseudoephedrine (PSE), or drug products
containing these substances have chemicals
used in the illicit manufacture of
Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, NDLEA spokesperson in a
statement in Abuja, said that Christopher
Chukwuani, a fish farmer was intercepted at
the departure waiting lounge based on
“The suspect was arrested following a tip-off after
he had already gone through screening.
“When the substance was detected, it was tested
and found to be positive for ephedrine.
“Already, an investigation had commenced into the
case since the arrest on July 15,” Umoru stated.
The NDLEA spokesperson alleged that the 59-
year-old Enugu based fish farmer said he
smuggles drugs in order to expand his fish
He said the suspect who said he was from
Agbogugu, Agwu Local Government Area of
Enugu State, is married and has three children.
“I decided to smuggle drugs to invest the
money in my fish farm. They promised to pay
me the sum of $2,000 dollars, the suspect
allegedly said .
NDLEA Chairman, retired Col. Muhammad
Abdallah said the arrest and seizure reiterated
the importance of intelligence in the fight
against drug trafficking.
“Effective drug control is predicated on excellent
“This case is a validation of the cardinal role of
good intelligence gathering and processing.
“The case is being investigated and further
information shall be provided to members of the
public,” Abdallah said.
The NDLEA boss also assured that more arrests
in connection with the seizure are in the offing
and the suspect will soon be charged to court.