Following the hard crack on their activities, drug traffickers have upped the ante.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) discovered parcels of whitish substance that tested positive for cocaine inside footwears.
“The discovery was made in a shipment of shoes during inward screening of passengers on a Turkish airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“The cocaine was industrially concealed in the soles of new foot wears.
“It was the last arrest of 2016 at the Abuja airport with an estimated value of 3.8 million pounds.
“There was an arrest at the weekend of a 34- year old suspect, Kingsley Okolo.
“The suspect who is a motorcycle parts dealer said that he was offered N1 million to smuggle the drugs to Nigeria.
“Investigation is ongoing and the suspect is cooperating with our team of undercover officers,” Ofoyeju said.
The NDLEA statement went on reiterate the need for the incapacitation of drug cartels and block their supply chain. This to stave off the negative effect of drug trafficking on the economy, the corrupt practices it engenders and attendant widespread destruction of lives.
“We must continue to take deliberate steps to intercept drugs and ultimately prevent the criminal enrichment of drug cartels.
“Illicit drug proceeds negatively affect economic development and could be used to corrupt government officials and fund terrorism thereby subjecting mankind to widespread destruction,”