Ibeh Augustine Chukwuma, a Brazil-based Nigerian man has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after arriving the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja with a maximum ECOLAC bag which had 5kg of pure cocaine.
The 36-year-old Nigerian man who revealed that he has been working with a construction company in Brazil since 2011, said he helped smuggle cocaine from Brazil to fund his traditional marriage.
Ibeh said he was promised N500,000 by a compatriot living in Brazil if he could deliver the drug consignment to an unknown person at the Abuja airport.
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He admitted that he knew the content of the bag but blamed it all on financial difficulties.
“His name is Emmanuel Paul. He deals in foodstuff along with operating a restaurant. He is my friend. I asked him for financial assistance for my marriage and he said he cannot give me the money until I carry the cocaine. He actually told me that it is a drug but I had no choice,” NDLEA spokesperson, Jonah Achema quoted Chukwuma as saying
An NDLEA spokesperson said the five kilograms of pure cocaine was a huge seizure as it is worth N100 million if adulterated.