Okechukwu Francis Amaechi, a Brazilian returnee, imported 24 packages of cocaine concealed in 12 lawnmower tyres through the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA), where they were discovered by agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
It was learned that Mr. Amaechi just completed a prison sentence for cocaine trafficking in a South American country.
The agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, stated that the 45-year-old ex-convict from Idemili South LGA, Anambra State, was apprehended at the Port Harcourt airport on Saturday, May 7, following his arrival from Brazil through Doha on Qatar Airline aircraft QR1433.
“According to preliminary investigations, Okechukwu, who was caught and convicted in Brazil for drug offences, completed his prison term in March 2022, following which he decided to return to Nigeria with three new lawnmowers concealing 4.56kg of cocaine.
“Curiously, each package concealed in the tyres of the three lawnmowers carries unique inscriptions that are believed to identify the drug’s owners. The two packets in one of the first lawnmower’s tyres read “O LORD” and “HAVE MERCY.”
“The parcels placed in one of the tyres of the second mower bear the inscriptions ‘IN GOD’ and ‘WE TRUST,’ while the parcels hidden in one of the tyres of the third mower bear the inscriptions ‘IJIOMA’ and ‘186.6,’” Babafemi explained.
Okechukwu stated that a member of his church gave him the lawnmowers to bring to his brother in Port Harcourt.