by Oge Okonkwo
A 27-year-old student, Chukwu Ramsey Onyekaozuru, was nabbed by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) as he attempted to smuggle 5.300kg of cannabis and 660 grammes of heroin to Rome, Italy.
Mr. Onyekaozuru, who claimed to be a former Philosophy student at the Ebonyi State University, was caught during the outward screening of Alitalia passengers at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
The heroine were ingested by the suspect, while parcels of cannabis were discovered in dried bitter leaf vegetables inside a bag .
“I studied Philosophy at Ebonyi State University where I graduated in 2009 with three referrals. I later travelled to Italy and came back to write the three courses. As a result of my long stay in the country, I was broke and needed money to buy my ticket back to Italy and settle other family expenses. In the process of looking for money, I was introduced to a drug baron who bought my ticket and gave me 1000 Euros. I accepted the money because I was practically stranded after my exams,” the suspect stated.
NDLEA Airport commander, Hamza Umar, said that the arrest is one of the few cases of multi-drug trafficking made by the command.