Sunday, 02 October 2022 16:58

Ex-footballer arrested at Lagos airport for cocaine trafficking

An ex-footballer, Okafor Emmanuel Junior, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on his arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa on board an Ethiopian airlines flight with 1.40kg crack cocaine concealed in his bags.

The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, October 2, said the the 33-year-old suspect was arrested on Monday 26th September 2022 after anti-narcotic officers discovered he concealed the illicit substance in the handles of his bags and padded the top edges of same with the class A drug.


During preliminary interview, Okafor disclosed that he was an ex-footballer with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH Enugu FC, where he played for four seasons before leaving for Sri Lanka in 2014.


The indigene of Arochukwu Local Government, Abia State, further stated that he moved to Brazil from Sri Lanka after playing for two seasons but could not advance his football career in Brazil due lack of official documents.

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