38-year old Anambra-born alleged drug smuggler, Jude Izuchukwu was arrested this week at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos by officials of NDLEA while attempting to board an Ethiopian flight to China. Jude was caught with 9.375kg of cannabis concealed in dried fish, dried bitter leaf, crayfish, melon and other local food spices he was travelling with.
He blamed his involvement with drugs on poverty and said he had no choice but to join the trade since his clothes shop on Lagos Island packed up after he was duped of N5 million. He also said he and his family have been living from hand to mouth since then.
The NDLEA Airport Commander however said he was happy Jude was caught in Nigeria because he might have faced death penalty in China., stating that the excuse Jude gave was baseless.