Airport cleaner arrested for allegedly leading a drug syndicate in the airport


A cleaner at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, identified as Ohiagu Sunday, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly leading a drug syndicate at the international wing of the airport.

NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, August 28, said the suspect was nabbed on Tuesday, August 23, following the arrest of an intending passenger on a flight to Dubai, UAE.

“The passenger, Obinna Jacob Osita, who was arrested with three bags, two of which contained eight blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 4.25kg concealed in cassava product, gari and crayfish. One other member of the airport syndicate who works with Ohiagu has also been arrested while operatives are after another suspect.

Investigations revealed that a Dubai-based drug dealer recruited Obinna, a 42-year-old native of Oyi LGA, Anambra State to traffic the drugs and equally contracted Ohiagu, a 34-year-old airport cleaner from Orlu West LGA of Imo State to create access for the unhindered passage of the trafficker.

The drug syndicate bust, which is the first drug arrest at the new terminal of the MMIA comes on the heels of the seizure of a consignment of bottles of viju and fearless energy drinks used to conceal skunk for export to Dubai, UAE through the NAHCO export shed on Monday 15th Aug. A freight agent has already been arrested in connection with the seizure,” the statement read.