Officials of NDLEA at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA), Enugu State, have foiled a plot by Esonwunne Onyechi Benson, 31, to use innocent passengers to smuggle cannabis concealed in noodles to China.
The cannabis was carefully prepared inside packs of noodles to avoid detection. Preliminary investigation revealed that Benson was twice deported from China in 2008 and May 2016 on immigration related offences. Benson, during interrogation, blamed his involvement on economic recession.
He said: “I am a trader, but due to the economic downturn, I decided to smuggle cannabis to China because cannabis is expensive there. I was waiting for a passenger that will assist me in sending it to China, when I was arrested.”
The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, called on members of the public particularly passengers not to collect consignments from people.
He said: “This is a plot by suspected drug traffickers to use innocent passengers in smuggling drugs. Some persons may have fallen into this wicked plot if not for the timely intervention of the Agency.
It is instructive that people be aware of this trick because what they consider as an assistance may just send them to prison or early graves. This is because drug trafficking is punishable by death in China.”
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