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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Music producer, others arrestedwith N374million worth of bannedsubstances

An Asaba based music producer, Micheal Okafor
(pictured above) and three other Nigerians based in
South Africa namely, Obi John Chukwuenyem, Gilbert
Kelvin and Deborah Ifeoma, have been arrested by
officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
(NDLEA) for having in their possessions, banned drugs
weighing 41.625 kilogrammes comprising 36.675kg of
methamphetamine and 4.95 kilogrammes of cocaine
with an estimated street value of over

The suspects were all arrested at the Murtala
Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) while
departing and arriving Nigeria. Speaking on their
arrest, the Lagos Airport NDLEA Commander, Mr
Hamza Umar said Obi John Chukwuenyem (48) was
arrested with 21.695 kilogrammes of
methamphetamine found inside his bag; Gilbert Kelvin
(37) with 9.980 kilogrammes of methamphetamine
concealed inside solar security lamps; Deborah Ifeoma
who is a mother of seven (40) with five kilogrammes of
methamphetamine packed inside foodstuff while
Okafor Michael (44) the music producer was with 4.95
kilogrammes of cocaine hidden inside silicon sealants.
When interrogated, some of the suspects said they
were not aware the drugs were concealed in their
goods. Obi John who lives in South Africa, said he
ventured into the business so he could pay his
children's school fees
“I struggle to feed my family by selling foodstuff.
Now, the business is near-moribund. A friend
met me on my birthday and introduced me into
drug trafficking. He promised to pay me 15,000
South Africa rand. My children are out of school
because of my inability to pay tuition fee. This is
the first time I would deal in drugs and I regret
everything. I pray to be out of this problem” he
Gilbert, who claims to be into importation and
exportation of phones and clothes, said he has five
children from three women and has suffered major
loses in his business
“My business is grounded and I now live from
hand to mouth. My South African friend for over
ten years gave me solar lamps where the drug
was found. He used to assist me financially and
he also promised to pay my children’s school
Deborah who is a mother of seven said
“I take care of my seven children from selling
foodstuffs. I came to Nigeria to buy foodstuffs
like melon, vegetables and other local spices. I
approached a man in South Africa for financial
assistance to enable me expand my business. He
called me that somebody would give me some
food items for him. When I got to the airport,
NDLEA officers detected methamphetamine in
the package given to me by the man. This was
how I found myself in this situation”.
For the Asaba based musician who was coming into
Nigeria from Brazil when he was apprehended, said he
was not aware the hard substances were in a bag a
friend gave him to deliver to someone in Nigeria
“I am a music producer. I traveled to Brazil to
promote my music label and to partner other
producers. I had a successful deal but on my
way back, I accepted a bag from a friend I met
in Sao Paulo to take to Nigeria. When I got here,
NDLEA demanded to search and 29 out of the 34
sealants were found to contain cocaine. This is a
major setback for my career and I feel very

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