The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday arrested a passenger, Okwuokei Peter, for attempting to export 9.2 kilogrammes of methamphetamine hidden inside a gallon containing palm oil to South Africa.
The discovery was made during screening of cargoes on a South African Airline flight at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
According to Hamza Umar, NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, “A taxi driver by name Okwuokei Peter has been arrested for attempting to export 9.2kg of methamphetamine to South Africa. The drug was packed in forty-one (41) parcels and hidden inside a gallon containing palm oil”.
He said the suspect in his statement said that he was sending the drug to his regular passenger.
“One of my regular passengers asked me to send the gallon of oil to him. I thought I was doing him a favour but little did I know that it will land me in a big trouble. He called me and asked me to collect a gallon of palm oil from somebody. When I got to the Estate Junction as directed by him, a young man walked up to me and asked if I am Peter, I said yes then he gave me the gallon of sealed palm oil. At the airport, it was found to contain drugs during search. In fact, I am speechless, confused and frustrated”, he said.