India-bound Nigerian With Liberian Passport Arrested At Lagos Airport; Vomits, Excretes 80 Wraps Of Ingested Cocaine

The suspect was arrested at the screening point of terminal 2 of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja, Lagos

Freeman Charles Ogbonna

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested Freeman Charles Ogbonna, a Delhi, India-bound passenger, for ingesting 80 wraps of cocaine.

The suspect was arrested at the screening point of terminal 2 of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja, Lagos

The NDLEA Director of Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, who made this known in a statement issued on Sunday said Ogbonna was arrested on March 31 while attempting to board a flight to Delhi, India via Doha on Qatar Airways, with a Liberian passport, bearing the name, Carr Bismark.

Babafemi said the suspect was taken for a body scan, which tested positive for ingestion of illicit drugs and preliminary checks revealed his real identity as Freeman Charles Ogbonna. He was subsequently placed under observation in NDLEA custody where he started manifesting signs of discomfort.

“Obviously choked by the volume of illicit drugs in his stomach and another substance taken to hold back excretion, the suspect soon began to retch before starting to vomit and excrete wraps of cocaine he ingested almost simultaneously.

“The suspect who claimed he was recruited into drug trafficking by one of his relatives eventually passed out a total of 80 wraps of cocaine weighing 889 grams through his mouth and anus over a period of four days.

“The great risk that almost took his life notwithstanding, Ogbonna said he was given the drugs to swallow at a hotel in Ipodo area of Ikeja with a promise to reward him with N300,000 cash if he successfully delivers the consignment in India,” the NDLEA spokesperson said.

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