Ex-footballer arrested at Lagos airport for cocaine trafficking

by Emmanuel Okikiola

An ex-footballer, Okafor Emmanuel Junior, has been arrested by officials 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, Ethiopia.

Okafor was allegedly apprehended with 1.40kg of crack cocaine said to be concealed in his bags.

Spokesman of the Agency Femi Babafemi said in a statement yesterday that the 33-year-old indigene of Abia State was arrested on September 26 after anti-narcotic officers discovered that he concealed the illicit substance in the handles of his bags and padded the top edges of the bags with the Class A drug.

Okafor, upon interrogation, reportedly said he was once a footballer with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu FC, where he played for four seasons before leaving for Sri Lanka in 2014.

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