A father of four children, Elvis Uche Iro, 53, from Abiriba, Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State and Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian, 42, have excreted a total of 165 wraps of cocaine following their arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja.
A statement issued by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi on Sunday, said the suspects excreted the drugs while under observation in the Agency’s custody.
Babafemi said 53-year-old Elvis, “was arrested on Saturday 19th March upon his arrival onboard Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis-Ababa for ingesting 65 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.376kg.
“During the preliminary interview, he claimed he is an interior decorator but had to go into drug trafficking because he needed money to start a coffee business, take care of his family and stock his newly acquired shop with curtain materials/accessories in Lagos.
“He said he would have been paid One Thousand ($1,000) US dollars on the successful delivery of the drug in Abuja,” Babafemi said.
The NDLEA spokesman added that another passenger on the same flight, 42-year-old Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian was also arrested on arrival for ingesting 100 pellets of cocaine with a total weight of 2.243kg.
“Ikenna, who hails from Ojoto, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State claims he is a businessman dealing in baby wear before venturing into drug trafficking.
“During the preliminary interview, he said he travelled to Addis Ababa on Thursday 17th March to buy the drug for Ten Thousand ($10,000) US dollars and returned on Saturday 19th March when he was arrested. He said he sold his land in his village and took loans from friends to be able to raise money to buy the drug.
“He claimed he had to go into drugs to raise money for his business after being duped of Fifteen Thousand ($15,000) US dollars by his friend who lives in China,” Babafemi said in the statement