National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has apprehended a drug trafficker, Goodluck Odeh, in Abuja on Sunday.
A statement issued by the Director, Publicity and Advocacy of the Agency, Femi Babafemi, confirmed that Odeh was caught at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and was in possession of two kg of heroin with a street value of N564 million.
According to the NDLEA, the 40-year-old suspect hailed from Ikpoba Okha Local Government, Edo State.
The agency also added that Odeh was arrested at the departure lounge of the NAIA during an outward clearance of Ethiopian aircraft 911 en route Addis Ababa to Italy.
While speaking to the operatives of the Agency under interrogation, Odey said he did not know how the drug get into his bags.
“I work as a labourer on a farm in Italy, with a pay of about 50 Euro a day. I also works as a flyer distributor when the farming season is over and I make as much as 50 Euro/day.
“I came to Nigeria over two weeks ago to see my family in Nigeria and also use same opportunity to buy foodstuffs to sell on my return to Italy.
“After spending some days between Edo and Delta, where I bought some foodstuffs, I equally travelled to Lagos to buy part of the foodstuffs and bush meat, which is cheaper.
“I did not know how the drug found its way into the bag as I bought the suitcase from a second hand material open market in Lagos, not knowing that it contained the drug.”
When further asked of the market address, he said he didn’t know the address.
Odeh also said he was accompanied to the market, where he bought the suitcase, by a man he claimed he met the day he arrived in Lagos from Benin
The Commander, NAIA Airport Command of the NDLEA, Mr Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, said a case had already been filed against the suspect, while investigations were ongoing to explore other leads on the case.