Nigeria's anti-narcotics agency the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), have arrested a 55-year-old female pilgrim to Saudi Arabia, Mrs. Binuyo Basira Iyabo for ingesting substance suspected to be cocaine at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
NDLEA Head of Public Affairs, Mitchel Ofoyeju, in a statement, said the suspect a mother of three children and trader at the Dosumu market, Lagos, hails from Irepodun local government area of Kwara State, had so far excreted 76 pellets of substances found to be cocaine.
In a related news, officials of the NDLEA also intercepted a 37-year-old father of three children going to China for inserting seven wraps of cocaine weighing 355 grammes inside his anus.
NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, Hamisu Lawan, said that the female suspect was still under observation until she expelled all the ingested pellets of drugs.
In her statement, she agreed to smuggling of the drugs for a fee.
“I wanted to expand my cosmetic business but I have no money. My sponsor offered to foot my expenses to Saudi on pilgrimage.
“I was excited until I was asked to take drugs along. I wanted to decline but considering the offer of a million naira, I accepted.”
The other suspect was apprehended during outward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight to China enroute Hong Kong through Addis Ababa.
Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd) expressed satisfaction with the arrests stating that it was a result of diligence and vigilance.