A 30-year-old Brazil-based Nigerian hairstylist has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country.
The suspect, Nnaji Juliet Ijeoma, was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Friday.
Officials discovered that the suspect’s brassiere was filled with narcotics when screening passengers coming off a South African Airways flight. If the suspect had succeeded smuggling in the drug into Nigeria, she stood to reap the sum of N1 million from her sponsors.
The NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Commander Ahmadu Garba said in a statement “A thirty year-old lady by name Nnaji Juliet Ijeoma was arrested on her way from Brazil following the discovery of 535 grammes of cocaine hidden inside her brassiere. The incident is being investigated and she will soon be charged to court.”
The suspect, a Diploma holder in Mass Communication, said in her statement that that she smuggled the drugs because she needed money.
Her statement read: “I work as a hair stylist in Brazil where l reside for the past two years. I studied mass communication but because of lack of job, I work as a hair stylist in Brazil. I was approached to smuggle cocaine to Nigeria and I accepted because of the money involved. I needed money for my personal problem. The drug was prepared inside brassiere and given to me to put on. I did not know how it was packaged. My role was to smuggle the drug to Nigeria and collect the sum of one million naira.”
The NDLEA boss added that efforts are ongoing to unmask other suspected members of the syndicate who are working with International Drug Trafficking Organisations in Brazil.