Two Pakistani businessmen were detained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Saturday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos carrying 8 kilograms of cocaine.
When they were apprehended as they attempted to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahore, Pakistan through Doha, the illegal substances were concealed in a public speaker system.
According to a statement by NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi , Asif Muhammed, 45, and Hussain Naveed, 57, the suspects with allegedly false Nigerian residency permits, are frequent travelers to Nigeria under the pretense of conducting textile business.
The alleged traffickers were detained at Lagos airport only a week after arriving in Nigeria, according to a statement from the anti-narcotics law enforcement agency.
According to Babafemi, on November 4th, NDLEA agents at the airport’s Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) import shed recovered 13 cartons of Tramadol 200mg and 225mg imported from Karachi, Pakistan.
The NDLEA reports that the cargo contains 642,800 pills of prescription opioids and weighs a total of 465,10kg.
The statement also stated that blind men Bukar Haruna, 52, and his son Saka Haruna, 30, who were traveling to the Niger Republic with 20.5kg of marijuana and 10g of exol-5, were detained by officers on patrol in Katsina state along the Malumfashi-Zaria road.
According to the statement, Bukar Haruna is a native of the Niger republic’s Damagram region.
The statement claims that on Thursday, NDLEA also stopped a shipment of several illegal substances headed to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, including cannabis, cocaine, and methamphetamine as well as Tramadol 225mg and rohypnol concealed in shoe and soap packages.
It revealed that one 32-year-old Oladitan Serah Olufunmilayo who presented the consignment for export was also arrested.