The anti narcotic agency in Nigeria, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) command, has intercepted 10.6kg of high grade pure crack heroin with the street value of over 200 million naira.
The airport Commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Ambrose Umoru during a press briefing in Kano state north western Nigeria said “the interception was achieved in the course of its inward examination and clearance of luggage.”
Umoru explained that the luggage was found on an Ethiopian Airline, flight number ET 491 from Addis Ababa, and that the intercepted exhibit originated from Maputo in Mozambique en route Addis Ababa to Kano.
“The exhibit was concealed in eight submersible water pump machines placed inside two cartons wrapped with branded Vodacom transparent cellophane leather.”
“Others were concealed in cartons of pressing irons mixed with hair attachments and slippers destined for Maputo Mozambique.”
He noted that drug merchants had devised the new means of sending illegal narcotic drugs through unaccompanied luggage.
According to him, the consignor had checked in the luggage in Maputo Airport and declined to board a connecting flight in Addis Ababa to Kano.
He said the Clearing Agent that brought the consignment to the Airport disappeared after sensing that the operatives of the Command had discovered the illegal drugs.
“We will continue to trail the movement of the Clearing Agent no matter how long it will take until he is finally arrested and prosecuted,” Umoru said.
He added that the agency under the new leadership of Mohammed Mustapha Abdullah will continue to discover the new tricks in the illegal shipment of narcotic drugs into or outside the country.