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South African Football Coach Arrested at MMIA for Drug Trafficking



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Steven Darlugar

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officials arrested a South African football coach for drug trafficking at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

The 38-year-old coach named Steven Darlugar, was arrested during the passenger screening process while he was preparing to board an Arik Air flight to South Africa, Punch reports.

Methamphetamine weighing 1.54 kilogrammes was found hidden in the compartment of one of his suitcases.

Darlugar reportedly confessed to the crime, stating that he attempted drug trafficking due to financial difficulty.

“I am married with a child and have lived in South Africa for about a decade. I coach a team in South Africa. I have worked very hard to attain financial freedom, but have nothing in return. This is my first time of smuggling drugs. I was under financial pressure to cope with peers. A friend introduced me to drug trafficking as a way of making quick money. They promised to pay me $6,000 to take the bag containing the drugs to South Africa,” he said.

According to reports, Darlugar will be charged to court soon.

Photo Credit: Punch/EFCC


  1. mrs chidukane

    September 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Clap for yaself! Now South Africans can see that their country men also smuggle drugs

    • rowena

      September 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      re _read the story well before rushing to jump into conclusions.he says in the last paragraph that he is married in southafrica with a child and has lived in the country for a decade. that shows he is migrated there from his original birthplace.

    • Ekene

      September 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Oh please.
      He/She has said the truth, deal with it.
      SA forever treating Nigerians like shit and thinking they are better than everyone. As a Nigerian, (at times) living or travelling there is deplorable. Using their airline is even worse, you’d be treated horribly, talking from experience.

    • Bus

      September 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Well may be the government wants to change the story. Smuggled dollars to drug. My thought thou.

  2. Lily

    September 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    that’s so stupid of u.

    • hummm

      September 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Hey its called freedom of speech, so dont shut her down. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion.

  3. Gistyinka Blog

    September 18, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    So sad for you mr Man.

  4. Tbo

    September 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    he looks nigerian to me,he is definately not SOUTH AFRICAN,I bet he was sent by a nigerian,

    • Luqman

      September 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      The guy is now makwerekwere/magregamba to you guys. He might not be originally from SA according to the information given to us, but he is using RZA nationality. I know that some of you guys always like to display hostility towards Nigeria and it has shown from the various comments on BN and you have it worst over there as well (nobody holy pass), Nigeria is not a perfect country, but we can still move freely here with no cause for alarm (you know what i mean).
      Why South Africans are always quick to attribute or associate any bad things with Nigeria? we have good side as well likewise SA. Human beings are like the 2 side of a coin.

  5. bruno

    September 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Muritala muhammed international airport is always bubbling, never a dull moment, I can see a reality show in this airport.

  6. Joy

    September 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    @Tbo please SHUT UP

  7. Tbaby

    September 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Na wa oh!! D thing wen money de cause, SMH…..

  8. pearl

    September 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    It’s always their first time till they get caught! Now the wife n child have to struggle to survive! It’s well.

  9. pearly cherub victorious

    September 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Y d shuttin up of oda commentatorz#plz it called freedom of speech ooo#keep yallin out ur mind#ur voice might be d next 2 be heard

  10. Tessa

    September 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    This guy is definitely not a South African.he looks more Nigerian than a South Africa.

    • Ekene

      September 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Your comment is very stupid. He’s South African, deal with it!

    • Iris

      September 19, 2014 at 4:59 am

      And how do Nigerians “look”? I don’t blame you. You come to Nigerian blogs to insult Nigerians. Get a life please. FYI I don’t care whether he is South African or not but his last name is not Nigerian.

  11. aisha

    September 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    South African coach? They suppose dey pay you na?Abi u no dey perform well ni?Must 2 live up to standard sef?Vanity upon Vanity! Face the consequences of your action Man…..

  12. Mabel

    September 18, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    He clearly stated he did not have nothing to show for his life, and was pressured to keep up with peers. Peers who were doing unholy things to gain their wealth, why would he even want to be like ppl who are doing morally reprehensible acts for wealth? He has a wife and a beautiful child, that is something to show for life, many don’t even have that. Now he has put himself in a situation where life will be harder for his wife and child, and the emotional and spiritual upliftment he would have received from their presence, irrespective of his economic state, he will not be receiving in a prison cell. By his acts, he will be spiritually and emotionally impoverished which is true poverty. .

  13. Ijebu Boy

    September 22, 2014 at 7:15 am

    now lets deport all south africans yea? they know how to do their own. lol

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