A Nigerian man in India identified as Hope Uzodima, who was arrested by the Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) in Mumbai, was allegedly snitched upon by another Nigerian man in the country.
Hope Uzodima’s arrested was made possible after the other Nigerian man, King Chukwudi Fidelis, who is in police custody, gave investigators information that led to Hope’s arrest.
According to the police, Hope was arrested for possession of ivory and a sword cane.
Fidelis, 30, was arrested at Sector 13 in Koparkhairane last week for the possession of 64 gm of methamphetamine powder worth ?3.2 lakh. Investigations revealed that he got the drug from Uzodima.
“While searching Mr. Hope’s house, we found a 12 inch-long elephant tusk worth ?1.65 lakh and a sword cane. Upon interrogation, he confessed that he had smuggled them from Nigeria,” senior police inspector Ravindra Budhwant, ANC, said.
He said the duo had entered the country on tourist visas, which looked fake to the police, and they would be verifying them. The accused claimed to have a clothing business in the country but police suspect the claim is an attempt to cover up the smuggling.
The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau confirmed the authenticity of the seized ivory, after which the police has booked the duo under sections of the Wildlife Protection Act along with those of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and the Arms Act.
Mr. Hope and Mr. Fidelis are currently in judicial custody.