The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Saturday arrested a woman at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, for allegedly attempting to smuggle 1.72kg of cocaine into the country.
The 41-year suspect, Dorothy Onyekasi 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 passengers. This was confirmed in a statement issued and signed by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju.
“The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Saturday arrested a woman at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, who faked pregnancy with wraps of substances suspected to be cocaine.
“The drug was intercepted during the inward screening of passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.”
According to the statement, Onyekasi, who is a single mother of three, had the drugs in a belt bag, which she had strapped to her waist. Adding that the drugs to have a street value of N20.6 million (£72,937).
“The substance has a total weight of 1.720 kilogrammes with an estimated street value of N20.6 million.”
Dorothy, who said she is a business woman living in Lagos and separated from her husband, narrated how she got involved in drug trafficking. She said:
“I am a business woman living in Lagos. I am separated from my husband who left me with three children. I travelled to Dubai to buy 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.”
Like all others when caught, she called her involvement with drug trafficking a “mistake” and blamed herself for lack of contentment.
“It is all my fault, If only I was contented with the profit from the sales of my goods; I would not have been in this problem.”