Published On: Tue, May 21st, 2019

4 Nigerians arrested for drug trafficking in India

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By Ese Awhotu with agency report

The India Police has arrested four Nigerians for being in possession of illicit drugs.
The arrested Nigerians reside in India and the illicit drugs were allegedly found on them in Mumbai Suburban district.
The Times of India reported yesterday that, the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai police arrested the Nigerians with cocaine worth Rs 2.4 lakh (about N1.3 Million).
The state police said in a statement that the Nigerians were arrested on Sunday by the ANC patrolling unit near the old check-post on Aarey Road, a suburb of the city of Mumbai.
According to the statement, “Police teams spotted a taxi carrying four Nigerian nationals and brought it to a halt, on the basis of suspicion, after tailing it for some distance.
“The four persons were searched and we recovered 40 grams of cocaine worth about 2.4 lakh in the illicit market.”
The official identified the four Nigerians as Paul Osinakachi (31), Okichiku Matince (35), Godswil Chitachi (27), and Reuben Godwin (26).
The police said the suspects have been charged under the India Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
.The fresh arrest of Nigerians over drugs in India is coming just as Zainab Aliyu, the Nigerian student who was detained in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking, arrived in Nigeria on May 13.
Aliyu arrived Nigeria through the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano .
She was released to the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia after President Buhari directed Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to immediately intervene in her case as she was wrongly accused.
Aliyu, a 22-year-old student of the Maitama Sule University in Kano, had travelled to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj alongside her mother and sister.
She was arrested at the Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina, Saudi Arabia, in December 2018 after tramadol, a banned drug was found in her bag. But it later emerged that the drug was not hers.

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