Spain-based father of three arrested at Abuja airport for ingesting 96 cocaine lozenges

A 44-year-old father of three, Gabriel Anthony Patrick, was arrested by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) agents at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for ingesting 96 cocaine lozenges, which he said. excreted in the custody of the agency.

Originally from Nike in the local government area of ​​Enugu Northern Enugu State, Patrick was arrested on November 26, 2021 during a Turkish Airline exit clearance in the boarding control area of ​​the airport en route to Abuja-Istanbul-Madrid.

He had traveled to Germany in 1996 for two years to obtain asylum, after which he moved to Spain in 1999 where he currently holds a residence permit and works as a driver in a food manufacturing company.

He claimed to have arrived in Nigeria on November 17 to sell clothing and auto parts that he had shipped to Lagos.

He however stated that he could not sell his consignments which cost him € 4,000 excluding shipping costs as they were priced below cost at Ladipo market in Lagos and he had to return to Spain. to resume work after expiration. of his annual leave.

This, he said, led him to accept a drug trafficking offer for which he would be paid € 1,500 when he managed to deliver the shipment to someone in Spain.

He claimed he left Lagos for Enugu to see his family members, then traveled on November 25 to Onitsha, Anambra state, where he was picked up overnight in Upper Park. Iweka and taken to a house where he had been given the 96 cocaine lozenges to ingest before leaving for Abuja to catch his flight to Madrid, Spain the next day.

In a related development, NDLEA agents at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos arrested a certain Okorie Godwin Onyeribe for his attempt to export 21.85 kg of cannabis concealed in food to London, UK. .

He was arrested at the airport’s NAHCO export hangar on December 3, according to a statement from NDLEA media and advocacy director Femi Babafemi.

The statement also revealed that five students from the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State, and Maiduguri University, Borno State, were among the suspects arrested for related crimes. drugs during raids in nine states last week, the agency said.

Two of the students; Emmanuel Thlama and Jonah Joshua were arrested with 16,750 kg of cannabis on the night of November 30 when officers raided a settlement in front of Gate 4 of Maiduguri University.

The other three, all AUN undergraduates: Ekene Asher; Daniel Alkali and Emmanuel Smooth, were arrested at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday after taking delivery of Loud, a potent variant of cannabis ordered by Ekene to smoke.

Earlier that same day, officers also pulled over a concrete mixer truck used to conceal 200.6 kg of loaded cannabis in Ogbese, Ondo state.

Two suspects arrested with drugs; Matthew Donuwe and Friday Nborgwu, claimed they spent a month on the Ondo road hoping to deliver the shipment to Mubi, Adamawa, before being arrested in Girei in the government area. local Girei state.

Officers in Oyo state on Friday intercepted 608.40 kg of Cannabis sativa concealed in a black Toyota Sequoia SUV bearing the registration number —Lagos MUS553GN and parked around the toll plaza, Ibadan-Ife Expressway under the Egbeda local government area.

The next day, officers also seized 85.90 kg of cannabis recovered from the trunk of a Nissan Primera car with the Lagos registration FJK890DZ and from one of the rooms of an apartment where a search operation was carried out in the area of ‘Adegbayi, Alakia, Egbeda LGA.

Those arrested in connection with the seizure include Benson Uzoka, 46; Kafayat Adeyemi Uzoka, 40 years old; Ndidi Uzoka, 39, and Christopher Uzoka, 42.

While the duo of Praise Emmanuel and Aminu Aliyu were arrested with 228 kg of cannabis in Kano, agents from Taraba stormed cannabis farms in Changso village, Kurmi LGA, located in the mountains between Nigeria and Cameroon, evacuated 364 kg of illicit drugs and set the rest on fire.

Likewise, ThankGod Danladi, who just served a prison sentence in October, was arrested on Wednesday with 67kg of cannabis in another raid on the state.

In Niger state, officers intercepted a commercial bus containing 215 kg of cannabis concealed in a false bottom and side door of the bus along the Mokwa-Jebba road.

Two suspects; a driver and his driver arrested, claimed to have loaded the shipment in Ogere, Ogun State, and headed for Sokoto.

In Delta State, a lady named Tina Ujene was arrested in Ibusa with 1.1 kg of cannabis while another raid on her supplier’s home recovered 54.7 kg of the same substance.

On Friday, varying amounts of cannabis, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, diazepam and Exol-5 were seized during raids in AP-Eleme and Garki, in the oil mill areas of Port Harcourt, as well as than Lewe and Kadiri in the Gokana local government area in Rivers State. .

In Ondo State, a 72-year-old man named Emmanuel Akanbi was arrested at Odofin, Uso, Owo LGA camp with 2,050 kg of cannabis.

Chairman and CEO of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (retired) congratulated the officers and men of the agency’s NAIA, MMIA, Adamawa, Borno, Taraba, Niger, Oyo, Ondo, Kano, Rivers and Delta commands for their recent efforts.

He instructed them, along with their colleagues in other commands, to constantly focus on raising the bar of their achievement until the last gram of illicit drugs is withdrawn from every community in Nigeria.