Nigerian envoy informed about drug trafficker’s death

The Nigerian High Commission in Accra, has been officially informed of the death of   Ambrose Okeke Ifedilichukwe, the 55-year-old illicit drug courier.

Ifedilichukwe died on Saturday evening, after surgery at the 37 Military Hospital where he expelled 46 of the pellets.

Nii Lante Blankson, Deputy Executive Secretary in-charge of Enforcement at the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in an interview yesterday said the official correspondence would help trace the relatives of the deceased.

He could however, not tell if the body would be flown to Nigeria or buried in Ghana.

Ifedilichukwe was arrested on Thursday, at the Kotoka International Airport on suspicion of swallowing pellets of powdered substances believed to be cocaine.

He had earlier confessed to officials of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) during interrogation that he swallowed the substance to be delivered to somebody for a fee of $6,000.

Mr. Blankson told The Ghanaian Times on Sunday, that he suspected that some of the pellets might have burst in the deceased’s stomach.

He said Ifedilichukwe, who was physically-challenged, was on an Emirate flight from Cote d’Ivoire en-route to Hong-Kong via Dubai, but while on the flight, the flight attendants noticed him fidgeting, so on reaching KIA, Mr. Ifedili-chukwe was handed over to airport officials who took him to the Aviation Clinic where it was observed that he had swallowed illicit substances.

Mr. Blankson said NACOB personnel on duty at the airport were consequently informed of the situation and they went to the clinic to interrogate the suspect, who admitted swallowing pellets of substance to be delivered for somebody for a fee of $6,000.

Ifedilichukwe was subsequently taken to the Akai House Clinic at the Cantonments, where an X-ray examination confirmed some substances in his stomach.

The medical officer on duty advised that the suspect expel the substances prior to treatment.

He was consequently taken back to the Aviation Clinic, but his condition worsened, and he was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was operated upon.

He died later while receiving treatment.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour             

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