A food vendor, Chinelo Okorom Lynnette, 36, yesterday, was arrested by The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos while attempting to smuggle 685 grammes of cocaine inserted in her private part into the country.
It said that Lynnette was apprehended by anti-narcotic operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) during inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, said the suspect ingested few wraps and inserted others in her private part.
“The suspect tested positive for drug ingestion and vaginal insertion. She however expelled a total of 685 grammes of substance that tested positive for cocaine while under observation at the airport,” Hamza stated.
In her statement, the suspect disclosed that she was deceived into drug trafficking under the guise of importing female bags.
“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. I work hard to pay their fees and ensure their proper upkeep. The last incident that devastated me was when the landlord ejected me. I had nowhere to turn to for solace. I was crying like a baby when a man came to console me.
“I have never met him in my life. He asked me to wipe my tears and promised to introduce me to importation business. 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 threatened to recover his investment at all cost,” she said.
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.
Giade who described the suspect’s action as shameful, and urged members of the public to be cautious of the tricks employed by drug syndicates.