Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) have arrested a female graduate, Harriet Bolatito Solabi with illicit drugs. This was disclosed in a statement signed by Mr. Jonah Achem, NDLEA Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs.
The suspect Harriet Bolatito Solabi, was arrested alongside a man Victor Chukwu, a school drop-out.
Solabi was intercepted on board an Ethiopian Airways aircraft that was set to depart the country with 3.9kg of ephedrine and 1.6kg of methamphetamine. .
The lady was recalled after she had checked in two big bags she claimed were filled with her personal belongiongs and had already boarded the flight No.910 to Addis Ababa while awaiting take-off. The drugs were concealed in the false bottom of the bags.
The suspicion made the anti-narcotics agency to hold down the aircraft from take-off until all the personal effects of Solabi were evacuated for investigation purposes.
After her arrest, she claimed she was ignorant of the contents of the bags, which she said she was requested by her contact in Pretoria, South Africa, to collect from an unknown person in Lagos. .
She also said she had arrived Abuja from Lagos on a local flight for an onward flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. The NDLEA from preliminary investigation, discovered that the lady had been traveling to South Africa numerous times without hitches until she was arrested in Abuja. .
Solabi, a single mother of a 10-year old daughter, attended Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta. During the investigation, she told the NDLEA that she trades in fabrics, which she goes to bring from South Africa to bring to Nigeria and distribute to her customers.
The other suspect, Chukwu, 44, was also arrested with 59 wraps of heroin weighing 865 grammes, which he had ingested. He told the NDLEA that a black woman met him in a restaurant in Malawi and talked him into bringing the illicit drugs to Nigeria.
He claimed he had been given the directive to call her on his arrival in Nigeria and she is to give him further instructions on whom to deliver the package to. He admitted knowing that he was handed an illicit substance but agreed to be a mule because of poverty.