Men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has made another milestone as they arrested one Ozoh Ikenna yesterday 9th October as he tried to sneak 23 wraps containing $34,000 out of the country.
The arrest took place at the International Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos as Ozoh was about to embark on a flight to Brazil in an Etihad Airways flight that would pass through Abu Dhabi.
His illegal item was discovered by customs during screening- money, packed in wraps similar to narcotics hidden in his boxer shorts.
Speaking on the arrest, NDLEA Airport commander, Ahmadu Garba, told journalists:
he wraps of dollars found on Ozoh Ikenna were detected with the aid of a scanning machine. We also conducted a follow-up operation where one Ogbo Emmanuel (pictured above), who gave Ozoh the $34,000, was arreste
A rep of Assets and Financial Investigation directorate, Mrs Victoria Egbase said investigation revealed that the suspects are usually involved in the laundering of substantial amount of illicit drug proceeds.
We were able to trace over N226,000,000 to one bank account belonging to the second suspect, Ogbo Emmanuel. The account name is Eternal God International Limited.
Ozoh, in his statement, said that he was acting as a courier:
I live in Brazil since 2008. I was paid to smuggle the $34,000 to Brazil. They promised to pay me five per cent. I agreed to smuggle the money to alleviate my financial hardship. I could not swallow the wraps so I decided to hide it in my underpants