Food seller nabbed with cocaine in private part
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.