Ex-footballer trafficks cocaine after failed career in Brazil

Ex-footballer trafficks cocaine after failed career in Brazil

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested an ex-footballer, Okafor Junior, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on his arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on board an Ethiopian airlines flight with 1.40 kilograms of crack cocaine.

The 33-year-old indigene of Arochukwu Local Government Area, Abia State, was arrested on Monday, September 26, 2022, after anti-narcotic officers discovered he concealed the illicit substance in the handles of his bags and padded the top edges of the bags.

In a statement on Sunday, the anti-graft agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, noted that during a preliminary interview, Okafor disclosed that he was an ex-footballer with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu FC, where he played for four seasons before leaving for Sri Lanka in 2014.

He further stated that he moved to Brazil from Sri Lanka after playing for two seasons but could not advance his football career in Brazil due to a lack of official documents.

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