This Day (Lagos)

23 July 2014

Nigeria: NDLEA Arrests Varsity Graduate With 2.185KG of Drug

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a graduate of Business Administration, Ifeanacho Somadina, with 2.185kg of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine.

The seizure was made yesterday at the departure hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

He was about boarding an Ethiopian Airline to Malaysia when the drug was detected in his bag.

NDLEA Commander at the airport, Mr. Hamza Umar, said the illicit substance was found on the suspect.

According to Hamza, "We have arrested one Ifeanacho Somadina Victor. He had parcels of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine. The case is under investigation." Explaining his resort to drug peddling, the suspect said he got into drug smuggling out of frustration.

"I am a graduate of Business Administration, but have been jobless since I graduated in 2008. After several years of joblessness, I became a commercial bus driver in Lagos. I am single and live in Badagry.

"A man I met at a hotel promised to assist me in getting a job in Malaysia. I was happy to travel out of the country even with drugs out of frustration but I was arrested in the process. They promised to pay me $3,500, but I regret everything now because I feel empty inside," the suspect, who hails from Enugu State confessed to journalists. The Chief Executive of NDLEA, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, described the arrest of Somadina as disappointing.

"It is very disappointing for a university graduate who knows the implication of his action to get involved in drug trafficking. Besides, he was taking the drug to Malaysia where he would have been executed if caught with narcotics.

"I am happy with the arrest and call on members of the public to support the agency in the eradication of illicit drugs," Giade stated and promised that the suspect would soon be charged to court.

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