The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Tuesday said it was set to prosecute Mr. Daniel Okorafor, a suspected drug trafficker, arrested aboard a Spain-bound Iberia Airlines flight conveying the Super Eagles last Saturday.
A statement by the anti-narcotics agency said the move followed the conclusion of its investigations.
The 45-year-old suspect was nabbed with two kilogrammes of cocaine hidden inside his bag at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
Okorafor, NDLEA claimed, had owned up to the crime.
The statement by the Head, Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, read, “All six parcels of drug were concealed in the sole of three pairs of shoes in the suspect’s hand luggage.
“The suspect will be charged with unlawful exportation and possession of cocaine under section 11 subsection b and d of the NDLEA Act.”
The suspect had said that he was forced into drug trafficking by unfriendly circumstances of life.
Meanwhile, the agency has pledged to protect the image of the country from being smeared by members of drug cartels.
The Chief Executive Officer, NDLEA, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, said, “Protecting the image of our country through effective drug control is a vital function of the agency. Our strict control measures help to enhance the reputation of the country.
“This is crucial because as a signatory to all United Nations drug Control Conventions, we must tackle the drug problem with all seriousness. We shall dislodge drug trafficking syndicates and bring them to justice.”
He hailed from Ebonyi State and attended Mgbom Central School but stopped in primary three.