Revealed! How NDLEA nabbed ex-footballer, 2 Malians, others

October 2, 2022
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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested an ex-footballer, Okafor Emmanuel Junior at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on his arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight with 1.40kg crack cocaine concealed in his bags.

The 33-year-old indigene of Arochukwu local government, Abia state, was arrested, Monday, after anti-narcotic officers discovered he concealed the illicit substance in the handles of his bags and padded the top edges of same with the class ‘A’ drug.

A statement by the director, Media and Advocacy, Natiobal Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Femi Babafemi said, “During preliminary interview, Okafor stated that he was an ex-footballer with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu FC, where he played for four seasons before leaving for Sri Lanka in 2014.

“He further stated that he moved to Brazil from Sri Lanka after playing for two seasons, but could not advance his football career in Brazil due to lack of official documents.

Another Brazilian returnee, Ibeh Chinedu Damian, was arrested same day upon his arrival at the Lagos airport from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Ethiopian airlines flight.”

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