By Jorge Joaquim
Mozambican police have detained a 53 year old Nigerian who has been wanted by the Dutch authorities since 2010 for drug trafficking, after being found with 23 kilos of cocaine. Via Interpol, the Dutch police issued an international warrant for the arrest of the Nigerian suspect.
The man was arrested in Maputo with false documents and living under a different name than the one presented by the Dutch authorities, a police spokesperson said without giving more details.
“During the investigations in Nigeria, he escaped, and his whereabouts were unknown until he was detained in Maputo. The Mozambican authorities intercepted this citizen, and implemented the arrest warrant, which was in the possession of Mozambique’s National Criminal Investigation Service Sernic” he said.
The man will now be extradited to Nigeria, and Lole said the case is now following the normal extradition procedures.
Asked whether the Nigerian has been involved in other crimes, Lole said Sernic is working with Interpol to ascertain his criminal record.
“We hope to obtain clarification from the Nigerian police and from Interpol”, he said. “This work will allow us to take subsequent procedures, if necessary”.
The Nigerian denied all the accusations against him, and told reporters he does not know why he is under arrest.
“I don’t know why I’ve been detained”, he declared. “I’m not a drug trafficker. I’ve been in Mozambique since January of this year, but the alleged trafficker has been wanted since 2010. I came to Mozambique in search of new opportunities”