A 48-year-old mother of three Saidat Hassan allegedly vomited 15 wraps of white, powdery substances that tested positive for cocaine at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Friday.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLA) spokesman Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju confirmed the incident saying that Saidat was arrested at the central screening section of the departure hall during the screening of passengers on an Egypt Airline flight to Jedda, Saudi Arabia, en-route Cairo.
“She was immediately apprehended by NDLEA officers, who later discovered that she had ingested 80 wraps of cocaine weighing 904 grammes”.
While under observation, she excreted sixty-five similar wraps. In all, she ingested 80 wraps of cocaine weighing 904 grammes; her case is under investigation.”
It was gathered that when officials realized that what she had vomited was cocaine, they placed her under observation till she excreted 65 more wraps of the drug.
“As soon as we discovered that the suspected wraps she vomited tested positive for cocaine, we took measures to ensure her safety by preventing any harm that may result from drug ingestion,”
“I am glad that she did not die from drug ingestion and she is alive to face trial. Beside escaping the risk of swallowing cocaine, this arrest also saved her because drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia is punishable by death.
“She will soon be charged to court because the law must run its full course. I expect the general public to learn lessons from this case that drug trafficking leads to pain, ignominy and untimely death” Mr Hamisu Lawan, Commander, NDLEA Abuja Airport said.
He further added that the agency will continue to sensitize members of the public by presenting facts and figures of drug trafficking as well as the larger picture of its ruin and devastation.
“My approach to drug control is both pragmatic and scientific. Every action taken must be based on best global principles; while lessons learnt will influence our implementation strategies in our day to day operations.
“The agency will continue to sensitize members of the public by presenting facts and figures of drug trafficking as well as the larger picture of its ruin and devastation”
During interrogation, Saidat told NDLA officials that she is a native of Idiroko, Ogun State, but resides in Lagos Island and a business woman who deals in clothing materials. She also confessed that a friend introduced her to drug business.
She claims that she was not aware the cocaine she ingested could have led to her death in Saudi Arabia and was grateful to God for keeping her alive.
“I buy my goods from Ghana. I was introduced into the drug business by a friend and business partner. The drug was brought from Abidjan, Ivory Coast and we were supposed to share the proceeds equally. Until my arrest, I never knew that the cocaine I ingested could have led to my death in Saudi Arabia. I thank God for keeping me alive.”