Nigerian Samuel Nwogbo, who was detained by the Customs on April 6 for concealing cocaine capsules in his rectum, died on Sunday.
Nwogbo died two days after 40 capsules containing 675 g of cocaine worth Rs 68 lakh were surgically removed out of him on Friday. He had kept the capsules hidden in his body for 24 days before the surgery was performed.
A Customs official said Nwogbo had kept the capsules in pouches and then concealed the same in his rectum. “He did this so that the capsules don’t burst inside his body, which could have resulted in his death,” the official said.
Nwogbo who was detained by the Air Intelligence Unit of Customs was admitted to JJ Hospital after he refused to eject capsules naturally.
The official said Nwogbo had been refusing to eat anything. “He was surviving on a few biscuits, a slice of bread and water,” the official added.
Customs authorities said that weakness must have complicated the surgery and resulted in his death. “We have called for a detailed report on his death from the hospital,” the official said. He added that they would also be getting the post mortem report on Monday.
The JJ Marg police are also conducting a formal investigation in Nwogbo’s death.
Officials said the surgery was performed after taking permission from a local metropolitan court. “We will submit a detailed report on his death before the court,” the official said.
Authorities will also contact the Nigerian embassy. “We will wait for his relatives to come and claim his body,” the official said.