South Africa-based Nigerian barber caught with 6.100 kg of cocaine

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Feb 7th, 2013
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chukwuemeka_200_160At 45, he should have known better. In any case, ignorance is not an excuse and he will soon be arraigned under the NDLEA Act…The suspect will soon be charged for unlawful exportation of cocaine as soon as investigations are concluded

THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, has apprehended a Nigerian barber living in South Africa with 6.100 kilogrammes of powdery substance that tested positive to cocaine.

The drug was detected during the outward clearance of passengers, who were about to board a flight to South Africa. The Guardian learnt that the drug has an estimated street value of N50 million.

The NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar said that the discovery was made at the baggage-checking desk of the Departure Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International airport.

“The name of the suspect is Ozoh Hycenth Chukwuemeka. The drug, which was neatly hidden in a false compartment of his luggage, was discovered during a routine check on passengers,” Hamza noted.

The 45-year-old suspect who had lived in South Africa for 10 years, told narcotic investigators that he was made to believe the bag contained chemicals.

According to Ozoh: “A friend in South Africa requested that I should bring a bag containing chemicals from Nigeria to South Africa for $3,000. I asked him if it was drug but he said it was just chemicals. He paid for my return ticket. I am only struggling to take care of myself with my barbing business. If I had known that things would turn out this way, I would have rejected the proposal. I have a daughter but my wife and I are separated,” Ozoh, who hails from Abatete in Idemili, Anambra State, lamented.

The Chairman of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade described the suspect’s action as sad.

In his words: “This is sad and the explanation unacceptable. At 45, he should have known better. In any case, ignorance is not an excuse and he will soon be arraigned under the NDLEA Act”. He urged members of the public to shun drug trafficking and related crimes.

“The suspect will soon be charged for unlawful exportation of cocaine as soon as investigation activities are concluded.”

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