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NDLEA Arrests School leaver, Europe-based Drug Trafficker in Abuja, Kano Airport

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have on Wednesday June 2, 2021, foiled attempts by a 23-year-old secondary school leaver, Iwuyi Princewill Chukwuka and an Europe-based Nigerian, Peter Nkwo, to export nine kilograms of skunk and methamphetamine through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to Turkey and Belgium, respectively.

Nkwo, 37, was arrested while trying to board an Ethiopian Airline flight 910 from Abuja through Addis Ababa to Brussels, Belgium.

A statement issued by the spokesman for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said when searched, 3kg of methamphetamine was discovered stuffed in the lining of a false bottom of his luggage.

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The statement said, “Under interrogation, Peter (Nkwo) claimed that he had lived in Belgium for 15 years and worked as a forklift driver in an automobile company, where he earned €1,700 per month. He said he came into Nigeria on April 26 for the burial of his father, who died in August 2019 and was buried on April 30 in Awka, Anambra State.

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“He said after spending two weeks in Awka, he travelled to Uyo for another week to see his sister and later to Lagos to see his girlfriend. He claimed that he lodged in a hotel at Amuwo Odofin in Lagos, where he met two men while hanging at the bar by the hotel’s swimming pool, where they made a proposal to him to carry the drug for onward delivery to Belgium.”

Nkwo said the bag containing the drug was brought to him in the hotel by the two men on Friday, May 28, 2021, before he took off to Abuja where he was to take his flight to Brussels.

He was also quoted by the NDLEA as saying that he was promised €3,000 on successful delivery of the drug to one Ishmael in Belgium.

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