19 Years Old Pakistani Arrested By NDLEA Operatives At MMIA

A 19 years old Pakistani, Iftikihar Muhammed Arslan has been arrested  at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) while trying to smuggle 25 parcels of heroin into our dear country, Nigeria.

The drug was discovered in Arslan’s luggage during inward screening of passengers on board a Qatar airline flight. The suspect claims to be a student of Punjab College in Pakistan.

Initial investigation shows that  Arslan had taken the drugs to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from Lahore, Pakistan and then to Doha, Qatar before connecting Lagos. It is suspected that he is part of a Pakistani drug cartel.
Upon the suspect’s arrest, he made this confession:

“I am a student of Punjab College and I am in Nigeria as a tourist because my friend told me that Victoria Island and Ikoyi are beautiful tourist centres. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the Lagos airport, the heroin was found in my luggage. This is my first time of coming to Nigeria and I had intended to spend a week or two.”

The Spokesman of NDLEA, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju described the seizure made from Arslan as the largest since January/
The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade is also pleased about the seizures made.

“This arrest and seizure will further send a warning to drug trafficking cartels that Nigeria is winning the fight against narcotics. NDLEA is prepared to halt the criminal activities of drug barons through a coordinated drug detection strategies. We are working very hard to also identify other members of the criminal group.”

We hear the confiscated illicit drugs are worth about N228 million.

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