The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency confirms the discovery of a 9.150kg of cocaine in the possession of a Nigerian Business man and Brazil returnee, Emenike Okolo.
The suspect who was a former motorcycle parts dealer was found in possession of an estimated £3.8 million worth of drugs hidden in foot wears.
Emenike arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, in late December and was arrested during an inward screening of passengers on a Turkish airline flight from Brazil.
“The discovery was made in a shipment of shoes during inward screening of passengers on a Turkish airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The cocaine was industrially concealed in the soles of new foot wears.”– Hamisu Lawan, NDLEA Commander.
The 34-year-old explained that his business had crumbled with the devastating Nigerian recession last year. He traveled to Brazil to find greener pastures.
According To Emenike, things took a turn for the worse. He was broke and could not fend for himself.
“Things became worse for me as I could not get a job. I had no money to sustain myself while my work permit was being processed.”
“I was equally confronted with the fear of deportation. This made me desperate for quick wealth. In the process, I met my childhood friend, who offered me N1 million to traffic cocaine to Nigeria.”
“He also paid for my ticket and gave me three bags of shoes containing the cocaine. But on arrival at the Abuja airport, the cocaine was detected and I was arrested. I had wanted to invest money offered to me in my business that failed due to recession.”- Emenike Okolo.
In August the Drug Agency arrested three suspects after discovering some cocaine inside shoe soles at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
While one of the suspects concealed 1.950kg of cocaine inside shoe soles, another ingested 1.50kg of cocaine on his way to Sydney, Australia.
The NDLEA said the consignment of shoes with drugs in their soles were from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Last year’s arrest of Emenike Okolo, according to NDLEA boss is “just a tip of the iceberg”. The suspect will soon appear in court for prosecution.