Men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA have arrested Darlugar Ufondu Steven, a 38-year-old man, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, for attempting to smuggle drugs to South Africa.
The suspect was arrested during the outward screening of Arik Air passengers to South Africa when the anti-drug agency discovered the drug, which was concealed in a false compartment of his luggage.
Hamza Umar, NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport disclosed this yesterday saying the suspect was found in possession of 1.535kg of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine.
The suspect, who claims to be an assistant coach in an amateur football club in South Africa, said immense financial pressure pushed him into the illegal act.
“I am married with a child and have lived in South Africa for about a decade. I have worked very hard to attain financial freedom but have nothing in return. This is my first time of smuggling drugs. I was under financial pressure to cope with peers. A friend introduced me to drug trafficking as a way of making quick money. They promised to pay
me $6, 000 to take the bag containing the drugs to South Africa, ” he confessed.
Ahmadu Giade, Chief Executive of the NDLEA, called on members of the public to support drug control efforts and avoid drug trafficking, noting that the agency has made remarkable improvement in its counter-narcotic efforts over the years.
The NDLEA commander made it known that the suspect would soon be charged to court.Follow Us on Social Media