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Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have prevented a Nigerian student studying in Malaysia from premature death.
The 31- year old suspect, Dike Chibuzor Vitalis, was caught in possession of 1.430kg of white crystalline powder that tested positive for methamphetamine on his way to Malaysia where drug trafficking attracts death penalty.
He was intercepted at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, on Wednesday during screening of passengers on a Qatar Airline flight.
He was immediately apprehended after the substance was discovered in his luggage.
Vitalis could have joined other Nigerians in death row in the Southeast Asia nation if not for the intervention of the anti-narcotic Agency.
The suspect who hails from Orlu, Imo State said that he was promised 4,000 dollars to deliver the drugs in Malaysia.
In his words, “I was asked to take an empty bag to Malaysia for a fee of 4,000 dollars. When I got to the airport, the drug was discovered. That was how I got involved.”
Speaking on the arrest, the NDLEA Airport commander, Mr Hamza Umar, explained that the drug was concealed inside the bag.
“The drug was industrially packed in a way that we have to cut the sides of the bag open with a knife to discover the drugs. It will take a professional to detect the drugs,” Hamza stated.