The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday May 2nd arrested a 24 years old lady by name, Rose Uche Igbinoba, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, with 193 wraps of cocaine weighing 3.230kgs,which she hid inside packs of sweets.
Rose arrived Nigeria from Dubai, and was arrested after the whitish substance which she wrapped in the sweet packs, tested positive for cocaine. When interrogated, Rose said she was promised N500,000 to traffic the banned substance.
“I work as a clerical staff after I completed my primary school because there was no money to further my studies. I have suffered hardship in life, but a man offered to assist me establish my personal business. He promised to pay me half a million Naira. This was how I got involved in this problem.”
The NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Ahmadu Garba, who confirmed the arrest said Rose who hails from Edo state and her accomplice were arrested by the vigilant men of NDLEA.
“One Igbainoba Uche Rose, who concealed 3.230kgs inside sweets was apprehended at the arrival hall during inward screening of passengers. A suspected member of the cartel, Ofor Kamsochukwu Chimezie was arrested on a follow-up operation. The suspects are being investigated.”
She and her accomplice will be charged to court soon.
Drug trafficking in Nigeria has really taken a new dimension and the level of women involvement is becoming alarming. Just last month (April), 41-year-old Dorothy Onyekasi was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, for allegedly attempting to smuggle 1.72kg of cocaine into the country.
The single mother of three, who was travelling on an Emirates flight from Dubai reportedly feigned pregnancy in an attempt to get the drugs through customs but was intercepted during a screening of inbound.