Ex-convict arrested with illicit drugs in Lagos, 2 years after he was released from Ethiopian prison

Men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested an 44-year-old ex-convict, Onyeka Charles Madukolu, for allegedly importing 5.90 kilograms of [email protected] concealed in cans of deodorants and ladies lip gloss into the country.

Madukolu was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, , on Friday, September 16, 2022.

NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, September 18, said Onyeka was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in Ethiopia for dr#g trafficking offences and released from prison in 2020.

He was again arrested on Friday at the Lagos airport on his return from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

“A search of his luggage revealed he had concealed 5.90kg cocaine inside cans of deodorants and female lip gloss. During preliminary interview, he claimed to have gone into the dr#g business to raise fresh capital to start a legitimate business after his release from in 2020.

The father of two kids, one each from a Nigerian woman and a Brazilian lady, said he was into motor spare parts business before going into the criminal trade. The indigene of Awka North LGA of Anambra State said he was expecting to be paid N2million on successful delivery of the illicit drug in Nigeria,” the statement read.

He was again arrested on Friday at the Lagos airport on his return from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

“A search of his luggage revealed he had concealed 5.90kg cocaine inside cans of deodorants and female lip gloss. During preliminary interview, he claimed to have gone into the dr#g business to raise fresh capital to start a legitimate business after his release from Ethiopian prison in 2020.

The father of two kids, one each from a Nigerian woman and a Brazilian lady, said he was into motor spare parts business before going into the criminal trade. The indigene of Awka North LGA of Anambra State said he was expecting to be paid N2million on successful delivery of the illicit drug in Nigeria,” the statement read.