Agents of the National Drug Enforcement Agency have arrested two Pakistani businessmen at Murtala Muhammad International Airport for hiding eight kilograms of cocaine on the public address system.

The suspects, Asif Muhammed and Hussain Naveed, were arrested while trying to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahore, Pakistan.

NDLEA’s director of media and advocacy, Femi Babafemi, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.

Part of the statement read: “Two suspects, Asif Muhammed, 45, and Hussain Naveed, 57, holding suspected forged Nigerian residence permits, often traveled to Nigeria under the guise of a textile business. They were arrested on November 5. They were arrested at Lagos Airport on Saturday, Sunday 30 October, just a week after they arrived in Nigeria.

“In Katsina State, agents patrolling Malumfashi-Zaria Road arrested 52-year-old blind Bukar Haruna and his 30-year-old son Saka Haruna as they traveled to the Republic of Niger with 20.5 kg of marijuana and 10 grams of exol-5. They are from Damagram region of the Republic of Niger.”

Baba Femi also said that on November 4, agents seized 13 boxes of tramadol 225 mg and 200 mg imported from Karachi, Pakistan, in the SAHCO import shed at the airport.

According to him, the shipment had a total weight of 465.10 kg and contained 642,800 opioids.

“The day before, on Thursday, November 3, agents at the airport’s NAHCO exit shed also intercepted a different shipment of illicit drugs: marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as 225 mg of tramadol and rohypnol, hidden in footwear and Soap pack. To UAE, Dubai.

“A 32-year-old Oladitan Serah Olufumilayo was arrested, offering to export the goods,” the statement added.

Baba Femi revealed that two wanted drug lords were arrested in Lagos last Thursday.

He said: “Two businessmen who have been on the run for months on suspicion of drug trafficking have been arrested by drug officers assigned to track them down. Nnebo Ikechukwu Christopher is wanted for importing 40 boxes of 346,800 acetaminophen-branded codamol tablets since 2022 Codeine has been seized since March at the cargo wing of MMIA’s local airport. He was arrested on Thursday, 3 November.

“Similarly, agents who had been tracking auto parts dealer Omeje Oliver, aka David Mark, since April finally arrested him in Enugu on Monday, October 31, after he had given up at the trade show centre. Aspanda fled there, Lagos, after running a business. He is wanted for the April 16 seizure of 600 grams of heroin in the sole of a woman traveling to Liberia.

“On the same day that Omeje was arrested, agents at the SAHCO export shed at Lagos Airport intercepted 550 grams of cannabis hidden in parts of a machine bound for Dubai, UAE, and the sender, Ogbure Victor Ifeanyi, was subsequently arrested.”

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