NDLEA Nab 57-Year Old Grandmother With Cocaine At Lagos Airport

NDLEA Nab 57-Year Old Grandmother With Cocaine At Lagos Airport

A fifty-seven year-old grandmother, and textile merchant at the prestigious Balogun market in Lagos has been caught in connection with cocaine smuggling to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
NDLEA who disclosed the arrest yesterday in a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs, Ofoyeju  Mitchell which was made available to newsmen said the suspect, Odeyemi Omolara Morayo claimed to be going on a pilgrimage to Jedda, Saudi Arabia.
To their chagrin the suspect that had all the paraphernalia of a pilgrim had the narcotic content concealed in her luggage.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba explained that the two parcels of white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine were carefully concealed inside her luggage.
In his words, “a female passenger, Odeyemi Omolara Morayo with a valid Egypt air ticket from Lagos to Saudi Arabia had been arrested with 1.595kg of cocaine. The cocaine which was concealed in a false bottom  of  her bag was discovered during routine check on passengers at the departure hall. We had to cut the bag open to recover the cocaine because of the way it was neatly concealed. She was immediately arrested and the case is currently under investigation”.
In her statement, the suspect who hails from Ogun State said her friend and customer was the one that introduced her into drug trafficking.
“I am a textile merchant at Balogun market, Lagos. I have two children and my daughter is married with children. Recently, I told my friend that I loved to go on pilgrimage this year and she promised to sponsor my trip. That was how she collected my international passport, processed my travel documents and bought return ticket on Egypt airline.
“The only favour she requested from me was that I should take a bag to Saudi. She also told me that somebody will collect the bag from me at Jeddah. It was an empty bag so I kept my personal effects inside it. On getting to the airport, officers discovered cocaine inside the bag during search and I was arrested” Omolara stated.
In his reaction, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah described the suspect’s action as condemnable.
“Smuggling cocaine to Saudi Arabia under any guise is condemnable. It is good that she was arrested here because drug trafficking attracts capital punishment in Saudi. Apart from saving her from execution in Saudi, the prompt arrest also protected our country from disrepute. The Agency will not relent in the fight against illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse” Abdallah stated.
This arrest is only few days after Justice B.O. Quadri of the Federal High Court Abuja sentenced a 55 year-old female pilgrim Binuyo Basirat Iyabo to ten years imprisonment with hard labour.
Binuyo was caught last September smuggling 76 pellets of cocaine weighing 931 grammes to Medina, Saudi Arabia.


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