The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested one Bolatito Solabi, with drug substances at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
The 34-year-old single mother, was arrested along with one Victor Chukwu, from whom 865 grammes of heroin was seized.
According to reports, Solabi, a graduate of a polytechnic in Ogun State, was on board an Ethiopian Airline meant to leave for Addis Ababa when agency officials discovered the drugs – ephedrine and methamphetamine – in her two bags.
The woman, however, told NDLEA officers that she was asked to deliver the bags to somebody in South Africa and had no knowledge of their contents. The second suspect, Victor Chukwu had just landed at the Abuja airport from Malawi with 59 wraps of heroin which he had ingested. He reportedly told investigators that a woman, who lives in Malawi, paid him to smuggle the drugs into the country.
The NDLEA Commander at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Lawan Hamisu, speaking on the arrests said “The seizures by the command have shown that South and East Africa routes are becoming more attractive to West African drug trafficking organisations, with Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania featuring prominently as sources of transiting heroin from Pakistan to Nigeria; with Ethiopian Airline as most preferred by these criminals.”
The agency’s spokesperson, Jonah Achema, said 26 kilogrammes of illicit drugs had been seized at the airport in the last three months.