Just as drug traffickers have learnt to adopt novelty in beating the eagle eye of security agencies to smuggle drugs in and out of the country, so also the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has fashioned and resolved to bring them to book.
No wonder, a woman who faked pregnancy with drugs that tested positive to cocaine, tried as much she could to smuggle it in, failed in her bid.
Commenting on the recent upsurge in arrest of drug smuggling, Muhammed Abdallah, NDLEA’s Chairman described recent drug seizures at the Lagos airport as a welcome development that is capable of forcing drug cartels to a retreat.
“In the past few days, the NDLEA has recorded numerous arrests and drug seizures at the Lagos airport,” Abdallah said.
“The drug cartels have also suffered huge losses from these operations. This particular suspect feigned pregnancy with wraps of cocaine but she was caught by vigilant narcotic agents.
“Some of the suspects recently apprehended concealed drugs in their socks and luggage while others ingested wraps of cocaine in disregard of the danger to their health. In spite of their craftiness, we are daily stopping them from perpetrating their criminal act and forcing them to a retreat.”
Dorothy Onyekasi, 41 and a mother of three who faked pregnancy with 86 pellets of white powdery substances that tested positive to cocaine could not pass the barrier mounted NDLEA at the Lagos Airport.
She was intercepted during the inward screening of passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The cocaine is said to have a total weight of 1.720 kilogrammes with an estimated street value of N20.6m
In a statement on Saturday, Ahmadu Garba, NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport said Onyekasi almost succeeded in making the operatives of the agency buy her story with the protruding stomach to be real pregancy.
“It was discovered that the suspect kept 86 wraps of cocaine inside a waist bag which was tied to her stomach.
“Unfortunately, the drug was detected by NDLEA officers on her arrival from Dubai. The drug was immediately packed and weighed in her presence.”
When questioned, she said she was separated from husband with three children and her involvement in drug trafficking was a mistake.
“I am separated from my husband who left me with three children. I used to import female bags and shoes from Dubai. My involvement in drug trafficking is a mistake and I take responsibility for my action.
“I travelled to Dubai to buy my goods. While I was preparing to return, I met a man in Dubai who gave me the drug and promised to give me enough money to expand my business. He also told me that when I get to Nigeria, he will call his partner to collect the drug and give me my money.”
“On arrival in Nigeria, officials of the NDLEA detected the drugs at the airport.
“It is all my fault.,” Ms. Onyekasi, who hails from Enugu State, said.
“If only I was contented with the profit from the sales of my goods; I would not have been in this problem”, she sobbed.