The war against drug trafficking recorded another success on Friday with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arresting a Brazil-based freelance journalist, a patent medicine dealer and four others.
The drug traffickers were arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The NDLEA spokesman, Mr Mitchel Ofoyeju, in a statement, said the suspects were currently being interrogated in connection with drug trafficking.
The six suspects were arrested with 13.410kg of substances that tested positive for narcotics.
The Lagos Airport Commander of NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba, gave the name of one of the suspects as Gabriel Juliet, 25, who was caught with 2.900kg of cocaine in duty-free bag.
“Anagbogu Okwudili, 48, ingested 47 wraps of cocaine weighing 940g and Enenchi Oguejiefor, 36, concealed 5.500kg of cannabis inside fufu.
“Others are Ani Tochukwu, 32, who packed 21 wraps of Cocaine weighing 350g inside jeans trousers; Eletamuzor Kenechukwu, 28, caught with a kilogramme of ephedrine inside hair attachment and Okpala Arinzechukwu, 35, caught with 2.720kg of cocaine.
“Apart from Kenechukwu and Oguejiefor that attempted to export ephedrine and cannabis to South Africa and Dubai, others were apprehended smuggling drugs into the country.
“The suspects attributed their involvement to the financial rewards offered them and the agency has commenced investigation into the cases.
“The only female suspect, Juliet who resides in Abuja reportedly told narcotic investigators during interrogation that she was given the drug by her boyfriend in the United Arab Emirates”, the statement said.
The Acting Chairman of the agency, Roli Bode-George, was quoted in the statement as warning members of the public to beware of the type of company they keep.
“The agency has put in place several measures to prevent drug trafficking.
“We are also committed to speedy investigation and trial of offenders.
“Let me call on members of the public to be mindful of the association they keep”, the NDLEA boss said.