I was paid N1m to traffic N2.7b coc*ine to help treat my sick mom — Suspect .

A 32-year-old dr*g trafficker based in Liberia, Maduabuchi Chinedu, has been arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by operatives of the National Dr*g Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, with 9.30 kilograms of coc*ine worth over N2.7billion in street value.

According to the Director, Media & Advocacy of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, the suspect who hails from Imo State but lives in Liberia where he works as a miner. He was arrested during an inward joint search of Ethiopian Airlines flight 911 at the Abuja airport on Wednesday 24th November 2021 with 9.30kg cocaine with each pellet wrapped in candies wraps and concealed in his luggage.

During his preliminary interview, Chinedu claimed he left Nigeria in 2018 to settle in Liberia where he now has a residence permit. He however added that economic pressure and the need to raise money to treat his mother for an eye problem led him to seek help from a friend in Liberia who introduced him to another friend based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who eventually gave him the dr*g to deliver in Abuja for a fee of N1million.

He added that he was initially scheduled to deliver the dr*g in Ivory Coast but was rerouted to Nigeria at the last minute.

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