Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement agencies mentioned on Saturday that it arrested a fifty seven-yr-outdated grandmother, Omolara Morayo Odeyemi, with cocaine on the Murtala Mohammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos on her technique to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
NDLEA stated the suspect, a textile service provider on the Balogun Market in Lagos, who claimed to be occurring a pilgrimage had all of the paraphernalia of a pilgrim “save for the narcotic content material in her baggage.”
The Head, Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, in a press release on Saturday, quoted the company’s commander on the airport, Mr. Ahmadu Garba, as saying that two parcels of white powdery substance, which examined constructive to cocaine, have been “rigorously” hid inside her baggage.
Garba mentioned, “A feminine passenger, Odeyemi Omolara Morayo, with a sound Egypt air ticket from Lagos to Saudi Arabia has been arrested with 1.595kg of cocaine.
“The cocaine, which was hid in a false backside of her bag, was found throughout routine examine on passengers on the departure corridor. We needed to reduce the bag open to recuperate the cocaine due to the way in which it was neatly hid. She was instantly arrested and the case is presently below investigation.”
The suspect was quoted as saying that her buddy and buyer launched her to drug trafficking.
Odeyemi, an indigene of Ogun State in her assertion allegedly stated, “I’m a textile service provider at Balogun Market, Lagos. I’ve two youngsters and my daughter is married with kids. Not too long ago, I instructed my buddy that I cherished to go on pilgrimage this 12 months and she or he promised to sponsor my journey.
“That was how she collected my worldwide passport, processed my journey paperwork and purchased a return ticket on Egypt Airline. The one favour she requested from me was that I ought to take a bag to Saudi. She additionally instructed me that anyone would acquire the bag from me at Jeddah.
“It was an empty bag, so I saved my private results inside it. On attending to the airport, officers found cocaine contained in the bag throughout search and I used to be arrested.”
The Chairman and Chief Government Officer, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.), described the suspect’s motion as condemnable.
He was quoted as saying, “Smuggling cocaine to Saudi Arabia underneath any guise is condemnable. It’s good that she was arrested right here as a result of drug trafficking attracts capital punishment in Saudi.
“Other than saving her from execution in Saudi, the immediate arrest additionally protected our nation from disrepute. The company won’t relent within the battle towards illicit drug manufacturing, trafficking and abuse.”
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