Lebanese hides Cocaine in pants at airport
THE Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade has commended the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in Lagos over the arrest of a Lebanese at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, saying tat the intelligence information provided by FAAN led to the arrest of the suspect, one Yves Awad, last weekend.
The arrest occurred during the outward screening of passengers on Middle East Airline flight. The NDLEA boss said: “I must commend the management of FAAN for the role it played in this arrest.
This synergy among government agencies should be encouraged in the interest of national peace and development.”
NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr. Hamza Umar, said: “A 23 year old Lebanese was apprehended with 260 grammes of cocaine.
The drug was hidden inside his boxer shorts. When the drug was tested, it proved positive for cocaine. The suspect holds a dual citizenship of Nigeria and Lebanon.
He was found to have traveled to Nigeria from Lebanon six times since January 2015.” The suspect in his statement said that a friend asked him to buy the drug for him.
“I was born in Lagos and I attended Lebanese Community School, Yaba Lagos. After my secondary education in Nigeria, I got admission to study for my ‘A’ levels at Notre Dame University in Lebanon. My friend in Lebanon gave me money to buy cocaine for him. At the airport, the drug was detected and I was arrested. The drug was tested and it was found to be cocaine.”
It was gathered that the suspect would soon be charged to court for unlawful possession and exportation of cocaine and if found guilty, he could spend the next 15 years in prison.
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