The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested a 59-year-old man with 25kg of substances tested to be ephedrine (a medication and stimulant), while trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight from the Aminu Kano International Airport to South Africa.
The NDLEA says Ephedrine (EPH) or pseudoephedrine (PSE), or drug products containing these substances have chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine.
Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, NDLEA spokesperson in a statement in Abuja, said that Christopher Chukwuani, a fish farmer was intercepted at the departure waiting lounge based on intelligence.
“The suspect was arrested following a tip-off after he had already gone through screening.
“When the substance was detected, it was tested and found to be positive for ephedrine.
“Already, an investigation had commenced into the case since the arrest on July 15,”Umoru stated.
“Effective drug control is predicated on excellent intelligence management.
“This case is a validation of the cardinal role of good intelligence gathering and processing.
“The case is being investigated and further information shall be provided to members of the public,” Abdallah said.