Christian Osingwelen , a 43-year-old Nigerian businessman, has been arrested by the Malawian police at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe for illegal possession and importation of the dangerous drug called Ephedrin. Also, two females, one of who is Osingwelen’s girlfriend, were also arrested. They are 39-year-old Lusungu Mlenga, and Rita Juma, 33.
Sapulain Chitonde Lee, Airport Police Branch Public Relations Office, told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that police received a tipoff from MRA Officers who were working in the arrivals hall that Mlenga is suspected to be collecting a table which is suspected to have concealed drug.
“Police searched the table and found packets of unknown powder and later broke one of packet to see the powder where they found a dangerous drug called Ephedrin
“We are yet to finalize interrogating the three to where the drugs were coming from and who owns it,” said Chitonde.
Chitonde added that Mlenga received a phone call from an unknown person (name withheld) to collect a table from the airport which had gone missing.
He said that USD2000 and additional MK700, 000.00 was paid as custom clearance for the table from MRA without knowing what was inside.
“Juma, a girl friend to the Nigerian man received a call from his friend to collect 1000 USD in town and give it to him at the airport without telling her the use of the said money.
The Nigerian national while accepting the statements from his friends is however denying ownership of both the table and the drug, despite giving Mlenga all the money to clear the table at MRA,” said Chitonde.
The alleged offence contravenes section 11 (a) Regulation 19 of Malawi’s Dangerous Drug Act.