Ifeka Obi, a 47 year old textile trader has been arrested after being arrested with drugs worth $1.2 million. Obi was about to board a flight at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday when his cargo was intercepted by eagle-eyed security operatives.
Obi confessed that the cargo was 4.4 kg of Methamphetamine and he was conveying it to cambodia for sale. The drugs were neatly hidden within foodstuffs.
According to the NDLEA, at about $325,000 per kilogramme, the drug will fetch Obi and his sponsors a cool $1.4m (Over N400m).
Mitchell Ofoyeju, spokesperson of the drug agency stated that drug cartels are working to develop a strong market for methamphetamine in Cambodia because the price of drug is higher there.
Hailing from Oba Idemili South Local Government, Anambra State indigene, Obi said he had been promised N1 million payment by his handlers.
I was given the drug in Lagos but decided to travel through Abuja. My travel expenses were taken care of by myself . I was told I would be paid the N1m once I deliver the drugs successfully.I am a textile dealer but I lost everything due to family problems. This is my first time of smuggling drugs. All I wanted was money to get my business back on track. Now, I will accept anything that happens to me as fate.
The NDLEA commander at the airport, Hamisu Lawan, revealed that the drugs were discovered during screening as the suspected attempted to board an Ethiopian airline.