Food seller nabbed with co­caine in pri­vate part

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

Op­er­a­tives of the Na­tional Drug Law En­force­ment Agency (NDLEA) have ar­rested a food ven­dor in La­gos State, who al­legedly in­serted about 685 grams of co­caine in her pri­vate part.

The sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as Chinelo Oko­rom Lyn­nette, was ar­rested at the Mur­tala Mo­hammed In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Ikeja, La­gos, dur­ing screen­ing of pas­sen­gers on an Ethiopian Air­line flight from Ad­dis Ababa to Nigeria.

A state­ment is­sued by NDLEA Head of Pub­lic Af­fairs, Michell Ofoyeju, said the sus­pect wrapped the drugs in cel­lo­phane be­fore care­fully con­ceal­ing it in her pri­vate part.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the agency’s com­man­der at the air­port, Mr. Hamza Umar, al­leged that the sus­pect in­gested few wraps and in­serted oth­ers in her vagi­nal.

“The sus­pect tested pos­i­tive for drug in­ges­tion and vagi­nal in­ser­tion. She how­ever ex­pelled a to­tal of 685 grams of sub­stance that tested pos­i­tive to co­caine while un­der ob­ser­va­tion at the air­port,” he said. In her state­ment al­legedly ob­tained by NDLEA op­er­a­tives, the sus­pect said she was de­ceived into drug traf­fick­ing.

“I am a food ven­dor at Ajang­badi, La­gos, and have never been in­volved in crime. I am a vic­tim of man’s cru­elty to man. My hus­band aban­doned me with four chil­dren two years ago and I work hard to pay their fees and en­sure their proper up­keep. The last straw was when the land­lord force­fully ejected me. I had nowhere to turn to for so­lace and I was cry­ing like a baby when a man came to con­sole me. He asked me to wipe my tears and promised to in­tro­duce me to im­por­ta­tion. I felt he was God sent un­til he spon­sored my trip to Ad­dis Ababa. When I got to Ethiopia, he told me to take co­caine to Nigeria. Ini­tially I dis­agreed, but he in­sisted that he had to re­cover his in­vest­ment at all cost,” the sus­pect said.

Also speak­ing, Chair­man/Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of NDLEA, Ah­madu Gi­ade, said drug traf­fick­ers al­ways change routes and tac­tics.

“Go­ing to Ad­dis Ababa to smug­gle co­caine into Nigeria is one of the tricks em­ployed by drug traf­fick­ing syn­di­cates. Co­caine is not known to come from Ad­dis, but we were able to de­tect it be­cause of our vig­i­lance. We are pre­pared to counter the ac­tiv­i­ties of drug king­pins and bring them to jus­tice. We look for­ward to fruit­ful progress in our in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Gi­ade said.

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