A drug cartel leader who works as a cleaner at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
In a statement issued on Sunday, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi said the suspected, Ohiagu Sunday, was arrested on 23 August 2023, following the arrest of Airspace flight passenger, Obinna Jacob Osita en route to Dubai.
Osita, according to the NDLEA was found with three bags, two of which contained eight blocks of cannabis Sativa weighing 4.25kg concealed in cassava product, gari and crayfish.
"Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a cleaner at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos, Ohiahu Sunday, who leads a drug syndicate at the international wing of the airport.
"He was nabbed on Tuesday 23rd August following the arrest of an intending passenger on Airpeace flight to Dubai, UAE, Obinna Jacob Osita who was arrested with three bags, two of which contained eight blocks of cannabis Sativa weighing 4.2kg concealed in cassava product, garri and crayfish.
"One other member of the airport syndicate who works with Ohiagu has also been arrested while operatives are after another suspect.
“One other member of the airport syndicate who works with Ohiagu has also been arrested while operatives are after another suspect.
”Investigations revealed that a Dubai-based drug dealer recruited Obinna, a 42-year-old native of Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State to traffic the drugs and equally contracted Ohiagu, a 34-year-old airport cleaner from Orlu West Local Government Area of Imo State to create access for the unhindered passage of the trafficker.
"The drug syndicate bust, which is the first drug arrest at the new terminal of the MMIA comes on the heels of the seizure of a consignment of bottles of viju and fearless energy drinks used to conceal skunk for export to Dubai, UAE through the NAHCO export shed on Monday 15th Aug. A freight agent has already been arrested in connection with the seizure," Babafemi statement reads.