Culled from Daily Trust
NDLEA arrests ex-councilor, 2 others with drugs
Written by Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen, Lagos
Friday, 28 March 2008
An attempt by an ex-counsilor, Eta James Omojuwa to raise money from illicit drug trafficking has failed, following his arrest by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
He was nabbed on Monday March 24, 2008 with other suspects including one Obiaku Peter and Atewe Oge Rawlings.
Eta James, 40, was arrested at about 9 am during the screening of passengers on Virgin Atlantic flight to London and resides at No. 40 Yoruba Road, Sapele, his home town.
James, a Diploma holder in Applied Economics from the University of Calabar, ingested 84 wraps of substances that proved positive to cocaine. The suspected drug trafficker confessed to have invested N1 million in the cocaine, having been told by a Jamaican woman on his previous visit to London that there was much profit in the business.
He told officers that he was once a Supervisory Counselor for Agriculture, Finance and Health at the Sapele Local Government Council from 2003 to 2007.
In a related development, Obiaku Peter was nabbed at the central screening point of the airport on Sunday March 23, 2008 at about 8 pm during the boarding of Air France to Vienna.
The 30 year old engineer was found to have inserted 6 wraps of cocaine weighing 253 grammes in his anus. Obiaku had a certificate course in Mechanical Engineering at the Vienna Polytechnic College. He is married to an Austrian woman with a child and works with BMW Automobile in Austria. He hails from Ifitedunu Local Government Area of Anambra State. Also arrested is Atewe Oge Rawlings, 25 years old from Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State. A Senior Secondary School Certificate holder.
He ingested 130 wraps of drugs that tested positive to cocaine weighing 1.759 kilogrammes. This is the highest quantity to be ingested since the beginning of the year, the drug agency said.
Rawlings was nabbed during the screening of passengers on Alitalia flight from Lagos to Milan, Italy. He has been working in Perugia Italy for the past seven years. The suspect hails from Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.
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