(PHOTO) Minimum 15 Yr Sentence For NIGERIAN Who Excreted 66 Wraps Of Heroine. A forty-three (43) year-old computer instructor has been arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for importing heroin from Nairobi, Kenya. The arrest took place after he tested positive for narcotic ingestion. The suspect explained that he got involved in drug trafficking because nobody except drug barons offered to help him out of his financial predicament as his sick son is currently on admission in Nairobi on a life threatening ailment.
Ahmadu Garba, NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport said that the suspect while under narcotic watch excreted sixty-six (66) wraps of powdery substance that tested positive for heroin.
“During the inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Nairobi, Kenya, one Anukaenyi Bob-Manuel Ogochukwu was arrested for drug ingestion. He later excreted 66 wraps of heroin weighing 1.115kg” the commander stated.
The suspect will be charged for unlawful importation and possession of heroin and may get a minimum of fifteen years sentence.
Anukaenyi Bob-Manuel Ogochukwu in his statement said that he smuggled drugs to save his four year old son who is sick.
In his words,
“I teach in a computer school at Onitsha, Anambra State. This is my very first time of having anything to do with drugs. I smuggled drugs to save my sick child. The doctor said that my child has a hole in the heart. I met many people for help but nobody was willing to help me except a drug baron. My son is currently struggling for survival at the hospital in Nairobi. The baron who is from Tanzania promised to pay me 2,000 dollars for my child’s medical bill. I am very worried about the condition of my son”.
Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, said that no excuse is tenable for crime. “No explanation is tenable for committing crime. Drug trafficking is a criminal offence and the suspect will be charged accordingly. The suspect’s action only complicated his condition because he is here facing a criminal charge while the responsibility of taking care of his sick son now rest solely on the wife” Abdallah stated.
SAUDI Bound Nigerian Grandma Also Held With 1.6 Kg Cocaine. NDLEA nabs Grandma over attempt to smuggle cocaine to Saudi Arabia A fifty-seven (57) year-old grandmother, and textile merchant at Balogun market in Lagos, Odeyemi Omolara Morayo has been caught in connection with cocaine smuggling to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
She was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on Saturday while attempting to board an Egypt Air flight. The suspect was believed to be embarking on lesser hajj when she was caught with the substance weighing 1.595kg.
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.
“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”
The suspect, an indigene of Ogun State, reportedly told investigators that her friend and customer introduced her to drug trafficking.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah described the suspect’s action as condemnable, saying the agency had saved her from execution as 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”
The arrest came few days after Justice B.O. Quadri of the Federal High Court Abuja sentenced a 55-year old female pilgrim Binuyo Basirat Iyabo to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour after being caught last September for smuggling 76 pellets of cocaine weighing 931 grammes to Medina, Saudi Arabia.