National Drug Law Enforcement seizes 21.9kg cocaine at Abuja airport

National Drug Law Enforcement seizes 21.9kg cocaine at Abuja airport
National Drug Law Enforcement seizes 21.9kg cocaine at Abuja airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has recovered two suitcases of cocaine at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The narcotic, weighing 21.9 kilogrammes, was once the greatest single seizure made by using the Airport Command of the NDLEA.

This was once disclosed in a declaration on Monday via the Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, NDLEA, Jonah Achema.

Achema, a Deputy Commander of Narcotics, stated the two unaccompanied and unclaimed suitcases had been observed after the arrival of Ethiopian Airline ET 910 in Abuja from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Name tags connected to the baggage indicated that they belonged to one Akomaye Ife and Nze Lusaka U.

The announcement stated all through the inward clearance of the flight, the vigilant officers of the command grew to become suspicious upon noticing that the two briefcases had been deserted on the conveyor belt besides any of the passengers claiming them.

It stated, “The NDLEA commander directed the officers to preserve an eye on the suitcases and knowledgeable the airline and its handlers of NDLEA’s pastime in the luggage.

“After a few days of no one claiming the luggage, the commander formally contacted the station supervisor of Ethiopian Airline and NAHCO Aviance, being the handler for the airline, indicating the suspicion of the organization of the suitcases and positioned a standing order that NDLEA ought to be invited earlier than the bags would be launched to the proprietor or in the match that the baggage would be again to the factor of embarkation.

“After many weeks of no declare with the aid of the owners, the commander knowledgeable the airline on the want for search to be carried out on the unclaimed suitcases.

“The airline officials, which include the baggage handler alongside with the Department of State Services, Aviation Security and Nigeria Customs Service, had been invited to the NDLEA workplace the place the search used to be conducted.”

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