LAGOS – Drug arrests and seizures at Nigeria’s busiest airport, Murtala Muhammed International Airport –MMIA, Lagos has increased by over 16%, officials have said.
According to a statement on Wednesday by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency –NDLEA, 129 suspected drug traffickers were apprehended in 2014 against the 93 that were arrested in 2013.
NDLEA Head of Public relations, Mitchel Ofoyeju revealed current statistics in the statement said 118 males and 11 females drug traffickers were arrested last year with 436.65kg of drugs confiscated while recording a decrease of 33.68kg in drug seizures.
“The breakdown of the 2014 scorecard indicates that cocaine has the largest quantity with 120.44kg.
“Methamphetamine is next with 108.645kg, cannabis sativa 107.855kg, heroin 51.01kg, psychotropic substances 37.285kg and ephedrine 10.83kg.
Most arrest were made on Ethiopian airlines, Emirates, Etihad, South African and Qatar Airways, while South Africa, China and United Arab Emirates top the list of preferred destinations by suspects.
According to NDLEA, 229 foreigners were deported from USA, Spain, Italy, Norway and Thailand.
“Four of the traffickers were caught in connection with anal ingestion, one female suspect inserted drug in her vagina and one other packed the drug on his body,” the statement said.