The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 14.4kg of cocaine at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Special Area Command, Abuja.
A statement issued by Mr Jonah Achema, NDLEA spokesman also confirmed that it also arrested two suspects.
Achema said that the command intercepted a consignment of four packets of chocolate sweets of white substances, weighing 7.2kg, which tested positive to cocaine in the first operation and also uncovered 12 parcels of cellophane wrappers, weighing another 7.2kg, with whitish substances.
“The first operation involved Da -Silva Mailson Mario, a Brazilian aged 23, who was arrested with a suit case containing packets of the chocolate sweet.
“The second operation involved Elechi Adendu Kingsley, a Nigerian aged 39, who was arrested with a bag containing cellophane bags during the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline flight ET 911, ” he said.
Achema said that Mario, the first suspect who spoke through an interpreter, decided to be silent on all questions put to him, adding that he was only inquisitive about the jail terms his alleged offence might attract in Nigeria.
He said that Elechi, the second suspect, an indigene of Umulolo Local Government Area of Imo State who has been living in Brazil for the past 13 years said he would not blame anybody for his involvement.
He said “I am an adult and I am fully aware of what I was going into. I agree that somebody gave it to me but I offered to carry it, ” Elechi says.
Achema said that Elechi confirmed that he was promised N3 million upon safe delivery of the drugs to somebody in Nigeria, adding that he was in Nigeria preparatory to his wedding in January 2021.