Abuja: A Nigerian drug trafficker has died on
board an aircraft enroute to Malaysia, forcing the pilot to
make an emergency landing in India, the African country's
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said.
NDLEA said 25-year-old smuggler Chilaka Ogbonna Emmanuel
was on his way to Malaysia via Doha after boarding a plane at
Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos when he died onboard.
The pilot of the aircraft was forced to make an emergency
landing in India where he was confirmed dead at a hospital,
the anti-drug agency said, adding that he died from drug
ingestion and a "post mortem conducted revealed that he had
The agency is yet to disclose the type of drug and
quantity but said it has commenced investigation into the
Last week, NDLEA prevented a 39-year-old suspected major
drug trafficker from smuggling 1.5 kg of cocaine to India.
The suspect, George Mike Adelabu, was apprehended during
the outward clearance of passengers on an Emirate flight to
First Published: Sunday, August 07, 2011, 15:28