By Gbenga Soloki


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have apprehended a fake couple attempting to travel to India for medical treatment while carrying a large quantity of cocaine. The couple, identified as Mr. Ilonzeh Onyebuchi and Mrs. Ilonzeh Nonyelum, were intercepted at the screening point of the international wing of the Lagos airport on Tuesday.

According to a statement by the anti-narcotics agency, the suspects' travel documents identified them as a couple, but further investigation revealed that they had obtained the documents using the same surname to avoid suspicion. The woman later confessed to using a fake name and revealed that her arranged husband, Kingsley, had given her the cocaine to ingest in her hotel room the previous day.

Upon their arrest, both individuals were subjected to a body scan, which confirmed that they had ingested the drugs. They were subsequently placed under observation to monitor their excretion of the drugs at the NDLEA's facility. During a search, officers discovered that the woman had also concealed a 100-gram wrap of cocaine in her private part.

The woman confessed that she had been promised $5,000 for successfully delivering the drugs in India. Additionally, it was discovered that the man, Kingsley, had previously been arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja in March 2022 for smuggling drugs. His travel documents at that time had his real name, Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian.

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers and men involved in the operation for their diligence and professionalism. He urged them, as well as all NDLEA personnel across the country, to remain vigilant and continue their efforts to combat drug trafficking.

This arrest underscores the ongoing battle against drug trafficking in Nigeria and highlights the importance of rigorous security measures at airports to detect and apprehend drug smugglers. The NDLEA's significant seizure of cocaine and the arrest of the fake couple demonstrates their commitment to tackling drug-related crimes and protecting public safety.

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