|Nwaokolo Gladys Omari, 32-year-old mother of three children said that she wanted to make quick money but she was not lucky.|
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has apprehended six suspected drug traffickers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos with 16.51kg of narcotics. The drugs include 10.27kg of cannabis, 1.31kg of methamphetamine and 4.93kg of cocaine. Two of the drug suspects were bringing cocaine from Brazil, two others were taking methamphetamine to Tanzania and South Africa; another was taking cannabis to Doha, Qatar while the only female among them was going to Madrid, Spain with cocaine.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Ahmadu Giade warned that drug barons who dare the collective will of the NDLEA shall be arrested and prosecuted. NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Mr. Hamza Umar explained that one of the suspects was found with liquid cocaine in body cream while another excreted wraps of cocaine on board the aircraft. “We just arrested six suspected drug traffickers with drugs weighing 16.51kg including liquid cocaine.
|Nwodo Chidiebere displaying the liqid cocaine|
The suspects include Nwodo Chidiebere Anthony found with 3.260kg of liquid cocaine concealed in body cream from Brazil and Ikebalum Nicholas Ogochukwu who excreted 36 wraps of cocaine weighing 570 grammes on board the aircraft.
|Madu Michael Okey|
Madu Michael Okey was caught with 975 grammes of methamphetamine while going to Tanzania. Attempt by Nnadobe Obiora Anthony to smuggle 335 grammes of methamphetamine to South Africa failed.
Okoye Kelvin was found smuggling 10.27kg of cannabis to Doha while the only female suspect, Nwaokolo Gladys Omari was caught exporting 1.670kg of cocaine to Madrid” Hamza stated.
In their statements, the suspects gave various reasons why they got involved in drug trafficking. Madu Michael Okey, 54 year old described himself as a novice in drug trafficking. According to Madu, “I own a boutique in Nairobi, Kenya and I am married with four children. My friend lured me into drug trafficking. This is my first time and I was arrested due to my inexperience. I regret my action”.
He hails from Anambra State.
|Nwaokolo Gladys Omari|
Nwaokolo Gladys Omari, 32-year-old mother of three children said that she wanted to make quick money but she was not lucky.
“I buy and sell clothes. I lived in Spain for about a decade. I came back to Nigeria because of financial hardship. I love to go back to Spain and I do not have enough money. This was how I found myself in drug trafficking. The most painful aspect of my arrest is that I told my friend to look after my children for a few days. By my calculation, I thought I could quickly smuggle the drugs to Spain and return within one week. I felt so bad when the drug was detected at the airport” Gladys stated.
31 year-old Ikebalum Nicholas Ogochukwu, said that his problem started when he excreted cocaine while on the flight.
“I lost my father at the age of five and I have been responsible for my upkeep long time ago. Last year, I struggled to travel to Brazil hoping that I will get a good job. In fact, life has been difficult. I later met a Brazilian who decided to assist me. He gave me cocaine and paid for my ticket to Nigeria.
“He promised to pay me a million naira to start any business of my choice. I was happy to return home and start up a business with the money he will pay me but my problem began when I excreted the drugs while on the flight. At the arrival hall, NDLEA detected the drugs in my luggage” Ikebalum stated.
Nnodebe Obiora Anthony, a 32 year old male said that a friend gave him a bag of foodstuff to send to South Africa and he was arrested following the discovery of drugs in the bag. In the words of Nnodebe who hails from Anambra State, “a friend gave me a bag to send to South Africa. When I got to the Airport, eleven sachets of methamphetamine were found inside the foodstuff. That was how I got involved. Now I am suffering alone while my friend is on the run”.
|Okoye Kelvin with the drugs|
Okoye Kelvin Nnamdi who is 37 years old said that he has no regret for his action. “I was frustrated. When you are frustrated, you can do anything. I took a risk but I was not lucky. Life is about taking risk. It is either you win or you lose. I have worked and suffered as a casual labourer in Doha for two years and I was desperate to change my status” Okoye stated.
Nwodo Chidiebere Anthony said that he resorted to drug trafficking after he lost his shop to an inferno. “I used to sell clothes but I lost my goods in a fire incident. This was what led me into drug trafficking. I was given liquid cocaine inside body cream and they promised to pay me half a million naira to mitigate my suffering” 28 year-old Nwodo who hails from Ebonyi State stated.
The suspects will be charged to court soon.