It was a mild drama at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Friday, February 12, when a 48-year-old businesswoman who deals in clothing materials survived what could have led to her death after she allegedly vomited 15 wraps of white powdery substances that tested positive for cocaine, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had announced.
The officials of the NDLEA on noticing this, then placed her under observation till she excreted 65 more wraps of the drug.
“She was immediately apprehended by NDLEA officers, who later discovered that she had ingested 80 wraps of cocaine weighing 904 grammes,” Ofoyeju said.
The incident took place at the central screening section of the departure hall during the screening of passengers on an Egypt Airline flight to Jidda, Saudi Arabia en-route Cairo.
The native of of Idiroko, Ogun State, who resides in Lagos Island, explained to officials that she is a business woman who deals in clothing materials.
In her statement, she said: “I buy my goods from Ghana. I was introduced into the drug business by a friend and business partner. The drug was brought from Abidjan, Ivory Coast and we were supposed to share the proceeds equally.”
“Until my arrest, I never knew that the cocaine I ingested could have led to my death in Saudi Arabia. I thank God for keeping me alive.”
Confirming the development, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col. Mohammad Abdallah (retd.) vowed that she must be duly prosecuted.
“A mother of three children swallowing cocaine is the height of parental ineptitude. I am glad that she did not die from drug ingestion and she is alive to face trial. This arrest has also saved her because drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia, her final destination, is punishable by death.”
“I expect the general public to draw lessons from this case that drug trafficking leads to immeasurable pain, ignominy and untimely death.”