The ambition of a 23-year – old Ebonyi indigene, identified as Sunday Solomon Odi, to further his Educational pursuits in Cyprus, has ended abruptly at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after he was caught by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA , with a 13.55 kilogram substances suspected to be cannabis. NDLEA Airport Special Area Command was credited to have foiled the attempt by Odi, who is an intending overseas student, to smuggle the said hard drugs to Cyprus.
The suspected drug trafficker was said to have been intercepted at the departure hall ,while attempting to board a Turkish airline to Northern Cyprus en-route Istanbul, Turkey.
According to NDLEA Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, Mr. Jonah Achema, the suspect was arrested after a search of his luggage, whereby some dried weeds which tested positive for Cannabis sativa weighing 13.55 kilograms were found concealed in dried hibiscus flower and stuffed in empty bottle water.
Achema said the drugs were wrapped in little quantities in the bottles which were cut apart for the wraps to enter and sealed back with a brand label Wonder Bitter Root.
The bottles were further said to have been submerged in the bags with food condiments and provisions.
Odi, whose age was given as 23 years, is an indigene of Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, who said he was offered admission to read Tourism and Hotel Management at the Near East University, Cyprus.
In his confessional statement, Odi was quoted as stating that one Emmanuel Onyedika Ihebekwe, a Nigerian resident in Cyprus, who was instrumental to his University admission, had asked Odi to come along with some food stuff and malaria drugs contained in two “Ghana-must-go” bags.
The suspect who denied knowledge of the content of the bags, also revealed that Emmanuel, has been his friend of many years before he travelled to Cyprus.
He further said Emmanuel had directed somebody from Lagos to bring to him at his base in Nnewi , the two bags for him to carry along to meet him in Cyprus, adding that the bags were handed to him in Nnewi, firmly padlocked and ” I was told they contained food stuff and malaria drugs”, adding “little did I know he has the intention of finishing my life”.
NDLEA Commander , Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, was said to have expressed surprise at the mode of concealment of the illicit substances, saying “it was intriguing”.
Tsakuwa, added that his command had always known that nefarious human beings do go to unimaginable extent to execute their evil plans.
He cautioned youths to be wary of the gimmickry of being lured to study or work abroad. He maintained that it is either they are being made to carry drugs from here in Nigeria or they will be used for drug trade abroad, saying either way is regrettable.