Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA have arrested a Brazil-based woman, Mrs. Anita Ugochinyere Ogbonna with 100 pellets of cocaine concealed in her private part at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
This was contained in a statement made available to WuzupNigeria by NDLEA Director of Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi on Sunday.
Babafemi disclosed that the mother of three was arrested on Friday night on arrival in Abuja via Qatar Air from Sao Paulo, Brazil through Doha.
“Upon a proper search, 12 wraps of cocaine inserted in her private part were extracted while another 88 pellets stuffed in socks were discovered hidden in her handbag. During interrogation, Mrs. Ogbonna who is a mother of three children, all resident in Brazil, claimed she lost her husband three years ago.
“She confessed she decided to traffick the illicit drug to raise money for the burial of her father scheduled for 22nd July in Imo state. She said one Emeka, alias KC also based in Brazil gave her the drug to deliver in Nigeria for a fee of $3,000. She said she pushed the wraps of cocaine into her private part after her attempts to swallow the pellets failed.
“The suspect who owns a shop where she sells African foodstuffs in Brazil further claimed she had to drop her three young children with a Kenyan lady who is her neighbour in Brazil before she embarked on the quick-money-journey,” she said.
Reacting to the development, NDLEA Chairman, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd) commended officers and men of Abuja airport for their resilience and commitment to the mandate to rid towns, communities and even forests of illicit drugs and criminal elements profiting from the unconscionable trade.