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NDLEA Arrests Notorious Drug Pusher At Lagos Airport

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Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday, arrested a suspected notorious drug pusher, Odugwe Joseph Azubuike, over unlawful importation of 1.025kg of cocaine.

Odugwe, who is currently on bail over several drug charges brought against him by the Agency, was found with wraps of powdery substances that tested positive for cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

The arrest was made during inward screening of passengers on Emirates airline flight from Dubai.

The wraps of cocaine were packed in duty free polythene inside his luggage.

This mode of drug concealment in duty free bags is similar to the last drug charge involving him.

The suspected drug kingpin told investigators during interrogation that he had made a big mistake.

Odugwe had pleaded not guilty to previous charges where drugs were not found on him alleging that his enemies were behind his trial.

Ahmadu Garba, NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, said “I am happy with this high profile arrest. The suspect travelled to Dubai on 6th September and was arrested on 10th September on arrival at the Lagos airport'.

He promised to make the airport difficult for drug traffickers.

Also speaking, Ahmadu Giade, Chairman of the Agency NDLEA, said that the arrest of Odugwe is rewarding for the country's fight against drugs.

“The game is up for the suspect who has been charged to court for sponsoring several drug couriers. This latest arrest is like the icing on the outstanding charges against him. He claimed to be an importer of legitimate goods but his source of income had been exposed. We shall diligently prosecute and dispossess him of illegal drug proceeds,” he said.

Giade also assured Nigerians that no drug baron shall escape the dragnet of justice.

Giving details of his earlier arrest, Mitchell Ofoyeju, NDLEA spokesman said in May 12, 2010, Odugwe was arraigned before Justice Mohammed Liman at the Federal High Court Ikoyi, Lagos on three count charge of conspiracy, aiding and unlawful importation of heroin.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all counts of the charge and was remanded in prison custody.

He was nabbed in a follow-up operation to the arrest of Olehi Josephine Otuochinma, who was caught with 3.150kg of heroin at the Lagos airport on December 29, 2009 at about 13.45 hours on arrival from Dubai aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight.

The mother of three children allegedly packed the brownish powdery substance that tested positive to heroin in a transparent polythene inside a white duty free polythene bag.

Investigation conducted by the Agency then points to the accused as the mastermind of several cases involving unlawful importation of narcotics into the country.

Odugwe had also been linked with two other cases involving heroin trafficking.

He was arrested for sponsoring one Anagozie John Kennedy to Pakistan on July 2007, to import 1.296 kilogrammes of substances that tested positive for heroin.

Similarly, on March 11, 2009, Azubuike was rearrested after another foiled attempt by him to take delivery of 3kg of heroin from a drug courier, Sodiq Hameed.

Meanwhile, the Agency said he will soon be charged to court.