An innocent passenger boarding a flight to China at Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA), Enugu was shocked when he discovered that noodles meant to be given to him to take to China was stuffed with lumps of cannabis carefully concealed to deceive the public.
Head, Public Affairs of NDLEA, Ofoyeju Mitchell who made the revelation yesterday in an official release stated that the perpetrator of the crime had since been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the airport alongside another suspects who was found to have ingested 74 wraps of substance that tested positive for cocaine with a weight of 1.417kgs.
NDLEA Commander at the Enugu Airport, Adeofe Adeyemi gave the names of the suspects as Adibe Wisdom Baloba, 47, and Esonwunne Onyechi Benson, 31. “Adibe was caught during outward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight to China. He was found to have ingested 74 wraps of substance that tested positive for cocaine with a weight of 1.417kgs. The second suspect Esonwunne was caught attempting to send a luggage containing cannabis to China through an unsuspecting passenger. The cannabis was carefully prepared inside packs of noodles to avoid detection. Investigating officers are working very hard on the cases and the suspects will soon be charged to court” Adeofe stated.
According to NDLEA, preliminary investigation revealed that Esonwunne was twice deported from China in 2008 and May 2016 on immigration related offences.