• Two Malians also in custody

An ex-footballer, Okafor Emmanuel Junior, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on his arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Okafor was allegedly apprehended with 1.40kg of crack cocaine said to be concealed in his bags.

Spokesman of the Agency Femi Babafemi said in a statement yesterday that the 33-year-old indigene of Abia State was arrested on September 26 after anti-narcotic officers discovered that he concealed the illicit substance in the handles of his bags and padded the top edges of the bags with the Class A drug.

Okafor, upon interrogation, reportedly said he was once a 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 later moved to Brazil from Sri Lanka after playing for two seasons but could not advance his football career in Brazil due lack of official documents, Babafemi said.

Babafemi also said 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 with 3.20kg of black cocaine popularly known as ‘Lucci’ concealed in false bottoms of his two bags.

Ibeh was to be paid N3,100,000 on successful delivery of the drug in Nigeria, Babafemi said.

The statement reads, “In the same vein, attempt by a 32-year-old businesswoman, Mrs. Pamela Odin to traffic 2.150kg tablets of rohypnol through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja to Istanbul, Turkey has been thwarted by NDLEA operatives.

The mother of one was arrested on Friday 23rd September while attempting to board a Turkish airline flight with the drug concealed inside pepper and packed among foodstuff.

Also, two Malians: Mohammed Demoele, 38, and Coulibaly Maliki, 56, were arrested by officers of the Marine Unit of NDLEA at Ebute Ero jetty in Lagos for attempting to export 34.2kg bottles of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura to Mali through Cotonou, Benin Republic,” Babafemi said.

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