The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a Chadian lady, Vivien Tarmadji, for hiding 234kg heroin inside her private part in a bid to escape security agents.
As stated, the suspect was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, bby NDLEA operatives while trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight 911 enroute Addis Ababa-Italy with 234.35 grams of heroin concealed in her private part.
The trafficker who runs a saloon business in Italy since 2016 upon her relocation to the country via Libya was nabbed by vigilant narcotics agents during an outward clearance of the airline at the boarding gate after being scanned.
Under interrogation, she claimed she was contacted by a man who called her from Italy to collect the drug from one man who delivered the illicit substance to her in a hotel she lodged in Lagos before she took her flight to Abuja same day for onward journey to Italy.
She further claimed that the man brought 50 wraps of heroin for her to swallow but she couldnt, and as such she decided to insert 18 wraps into her private part and returned the remaining to the man that brought them drug to her in the hotel.
According to her, I came into Nigeria to raise money to pay for my house and shop rents which had expired in Italy, as life has been so difficult since the coming in of COVID-19 pandemic.
She added that the owner of the drug was to pay her 10,000 Euro on successful delivery of the drug to Italy.
In the same vein, another trafficker, Okojie James from Oredo local government area of Edo state has also been arrested while boarding Turkish airline flight enroute Abuja-Istanbul-Cyprus.
“A number of illicit drugs including
1. 549kg of Cannabis Sativa; 223.80grams of Tramadol; 192.34grams of Rohypnol; 214.05 grams of Flunitrazepam, all of which were concealed in tins of Bournvita and milk, packed in a bag of foodstuff were recovered from him,” the suspect was quoted to have said in a statement released by the NDLEA Director, Media
and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi.
During interrogation, he claimed that his friend, Elvis who resides in Cyprus asked him to collect the luggage for him.
According to him, Elvis sister sent the luggage to him in Abuja from Benin through a transport company, Big Joe Motors. He said he was into shawarma and indomie business in Benin before Elvis invited him to Cyprus claiming that he got him admission to school there.
The Commander, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja Command of the NDLEA, Kabir Tsakuwa, said that while Okojie James was arrested last Saturday, Vivien was nabbed on Tuesday 23rd March, 2021. He added that both suspects would soon face prosecution.
In a related development, NDLEA operatives at the NAHCO export shed of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos on Wednesday also seized an abandoned five cartons of green leaves suspected to be KHAT with a gross weight of 105.70 kilograms.