Nigerian Drug Force Intercepts Heroin at Airport
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Nigeria has intensified its battle against illicit drugs in the country. To be sure they can continue in their trade, drug peddlers are creating new and inventive ways to beat the system.
A recent report in the Nigerian Compass News cited the activities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos where a total of 56.25 kilograms of heroin was intercepted at the cargo section of the airport.
The drugs were concealed inside car shock-absorbers said to have originated from Pakistan. Yekini Shittu, 45, a clearing and forwarding agent at the cargo section of the MMIA was quizzed by anti-narcotic agents. An airport taxi driver has also been declared as wanted.
The seizures were the single largest seizures of heroin in 2009. An NDLEA source claimed a drug cartel had been trying to smuggle the consignment into the country on two different occasions between November and December 2009.
The NDLEA Airport Commander at MMIA, Alhaji Hamza Umar, said in the Compass,
“We got intelligence on the shipment, monitored it and eventually intercepted it when nobody showed up to claim it.”
The taxi driver has been added to the NDLEA’s list of most wanted suspects and is believed to have links with a Pakistan-based drug trafficking cartel.
The statement from the agency added: “The NDLEA authorities have promised to unmask the drug kingpins behind the illicit shipments with the commencement of intense investigation. The cartel has not been linked with any terrorist group.”