A commercial tri-cyclist in Owerri, Imo State, and an Abuja trader have been caught by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officials at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos with 6.390kg of substances that tested positive for heroin.
The trader, King Sunday, was arrested by NDLEA officials while transporting 2.490kg of heroin. According to him, he went into the drug smuggling business because he needed money to take his newly wed wife of four days to a lovely destination for their honeymoon.
NDLEA Lagos Airport Commander Ahmadu Garba said “Egwin arrived from Kigali on a Rwanda Airline flight while Sunday imported the drug found on him from Nairobi during inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight. The suspects are being investigated.”
“Preliminary investigation by the agency, however, indicated that drug trafficking cartels are gradually changing their mode of operation by turning to African countries in sourcing narcotic drugs like heroin. The suspects were also recruited for a fee to import the drugs into the country. Egwin who is not married said he needed money to repair his commercial tricycle while Sunday who left his wife after four days of marriage under the guise of a business trip said that he needed money for his honeymoon and business.” The Commander added.
When interrogated, the 38-year-old Sunday who was arrested as he arrived Nigeria from Kenya, said
“I erroneously took the decision to smuggle drugs barely four days after my marriage. I was in need of money for my honeymoon and also for my business but I should not have involved myself in drug trafficking. My thinking was that I could smuggle the drug from Nairobi in two days without my wife knowing that I travelled out of the country. All my life, I have been upright in my transactions but this is a huge mistake and I regret my action.”
The second suspect, Egwin Chinedu, a commercial tricyclist in Owerri was arrested on arrival from Kigali, Rwanda with 3.900kg of heroin . When interrogated, Chinedu said he needed the money to fix his Tricycle as well as settle his Landlord.
“The engine of my tricycle which is my only source of livelihood is bad. While I was looking for money to fix it, I was introduced to the man that promised to pay me N400,000 on the condition that I will bring his drug from Kigali. I accepted the offer because nobody was willing to help me. Apart from the repairs, my rent is due and my landlord has been asking for his money,”
The drugs discovered in their luggage by the NDLEA has an estimated street value of N575 million.