The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested two pregnant women and a barber at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja, Lagos, for attempting to import and export illicit substances.
Mr. Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA spokesperson, stated this in an Abuja statement on Sunday.
Nworie Chikwendu, a Brazilian returnee, was the first to be caught up in the agency’s net, according to Babafemi.
He claimed the guy was apprehended while clearing passengers on a Qatar Airways flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Lagos, Nigeria.
Two packets of cocaine were discovered in a pair of slippers hidden in his rucksack during a search of his luggage, he continued.
According to him, a second examination of the suspect’s black slippers turned up two more packets of cocaine.
These, he claimed, were embedded in the soles of his shoes, totaling four shipments weighing 800 grams.
Chikwendu, who claimed to be a barber in Sao Paulo, said he travelled to Nigeria to bury his father during a preliminary interview, according to Babafemi.
“He confessed he decided to get into the criminal act because his trip was sponsored by his Brazil-based friend, who gave him the drugs to deliver in Lagos for a fee of N2, 000, 000,” he added.
The following day, May 4, NDLEA operatives at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the airport intercepted some cartons of alcoholic drinks suspected to contain illicit drugs.
“A freight agent who brought the consignment for export to Dubai, UAE, Shola Ogunrinde, was immediately arrested.
“While a follow-up operation led to the arrest of a pregnant woman, Mrs Seun Babatunde, who operates an alcohol joint in Pleasure area of Iyana Ipaja.”
Seven packets of cannabis and a sachet of ecstasy drug (MDMA) were discovered hidden inside cans of black bullet alcoholic drinks when the cartons were opened in front of the agent and the pregnant owner.
“In her confession, Mrs. Babatunde claimed the drugs were being sent to her husband who lived in Dubai,” he said.
“The second pregnant woman, Mrs Gloria Asibor, was arrested on May 5, while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Bolonia, Spain via Istanbul, Turkey. A search of her luggage containing food items led to the discovery of 300 tablets of 200mg and 225mg high dosage Tramadol concealed in crayfish.”