Published On: Sat, Sep 7th, 2013

Man Bailed for Drug Offence Re-Arrested for Ingesting 1.8kg of Cocaine

Nnaemeka Benjamen

By Oghenekevwe Laba
A 36 year-old man, Nnaemeka Benjamin Anayo standing trial for cocaine smuggling at the Lagos High Court, Ikoyi has been re-arrested with 1.820kg of heroin by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. Nnaemeka who just completed the excretion of heroin he ingested tested positive for narcotic ingestion during the inward screening of passengers on an Etihad flight from Pakistan last weekend.
The accused was first arrested in August 2009 with 1.796kg of cocaine on his way from Brazil. He was charged to court but later released on bail. He was re-arrested for importing 1.820kg of heroin on his way from Pakistan.
Preliminary investigation indicated that the suspect excreted some of the drugs in the flight. In 2009, Nnaemeka was caught with Nigerian international passport number A00052663 while in 2013 he was caught with another Nigerian passport number A02349133. It was also gathered that the suspect was recruited to smuggle the drug for a fee of four million naira.
The suspect in his confessional statement said that he went back to drug trafficking because of unemployment. “I am long overdue to be married but I have no wife. I know that what I did is bad but it is due to unemployment. I was first arrested in 2009 when I went to Brazil to smuggle Cocaine. When I came out on bail, there was no job for me to do. Although my case with the NDLEA is pending in court; I decided to try again hoping that I might be lucky. This time around they promised to pay me four (4) million naira. My intention was to settle down because I want to be working rather than staying idle. I am still single at my age. It is not that I do not want to be married but there is no money and no job” Nnaemeka stated. He had his primary education at Igwebuike Primary School Udi in Enugu State but could not further his studies due to financial constraint.
NDLEA Airport Commander, Hamza Umar said that the suspect was arrested after he tested positive to drug ingestion. “Nnaemeka Benjamin Anayo tested positive for drug ingestion during the inward screening of Etihad passengers. While searching his luggage, some wraps of drugs which he excreted on the flight were found on him. He excreted a total of 100 wraps weighing 1.820kg” Hamza stated.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Ahmadu Giade in his reaction called for stiffer penalties for drug offenders. In his words, “the Agency will continue to press for stiffer penalties for drug trafficking. In criminal justice, unless punishment is certain and commensurate to the crime committed, offenders will always be attracted by the financial incentives”. Giade also urged members of the public to shun drug trafficking. The suspect will be charged to court soon.

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