Ethiopia Detains 45 Nigerians For Alleged Drug Trafficking – Official
fewer than 45 Nigerian nationals are being detained by the Ethiopian
authorities for alleged drugs trafficking and related offences, the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
top official of the Embassy of Nigeria in Addis Ababa, who preferred
not be mentioned, told NAN that the suspected traffickers, including
seven ladies, were arrested at the Addis Ababa International Airport
within a period of five months.
suspects are being detained in various detention facilities within the
city while awaiting trial in accordance with international laws on
trafficking of drugs and other related offenses.
embassy official said the suspected traffickers were on transit through
the Addis Ababa Airport from countries in South America being points of
The official said most of the suspects were heading to Nigeria and some countries in West Africa being their destination points.
learnt that various kilogrammes of substances suspected to be cocaine,
heroin and other similar drugs were found on the suspects and their
luggage by scanners and electronic detectors at the airport.
The embassy had confirmed that one of the suspects had died of drugs complications in his organs few days after he was arrested.
officials, who visited the suspects in the various facilities within
the city, confirmed that they would soon be arraigned in courts
according to international law on drugs trafficking.
no fewer than 18 Nigerians, including four ladies, are serving various
jail terms of between five and 14 years by the Ethiopian authorities for
similar offence. (NAN)