Nigerian drug trafficker dies on board flight
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 07, 2011, 15:29
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 ingested narcotics."

The agency is yet to disclose the type of drug and quantity but said it has commenced investigation into the incident.

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 India.


First Published: Sunday, August 07, 2011, 15:28

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