Nigerian Returning From Liberia Caught With N2.7b Cocaine

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) of Nigeria has arrested a suspected 32-
year-old drug trafficker, Maduabuchi Chinedu who is based in Liberia.

Chinedu was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja with 9.3 kilogrammes
of cocaine worth over N2.7 billion in street value.

The NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi said, in a statement, that the suspect works in Liberia
as a miner.

Babafemid said, “He was arrested during an inward joint search of Ethiopian Airlines flight 911
at the Abuja airport with 9.30kg cocaine with each pellet wrapped in candies wraps and
concealed in his luggage.

“During his preliminary interview, Chinedu claimed he left Nigeria in 2018 to settle in Liberia
where he now has a residence permit. He however added that economic pressure and the need to
raise money to treat his mother for an eye problem led him to seek help from a friend in Liberia
who introduced him to another friend based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who eventually gave him
the drug to deliver in Abuja for a fee of N1 million.”

He said Chinedu also confessed that he was initially scheduled to deliver the drug in Ivory Coast
but was rerouted to Nigeria because of last-minute changes.

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