From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it prevented a food vendor in Lagos, Chinelo Okorom Lynnette, 36, from smuggling 685 gramme’s of cocaine inserted in her private part out of the country.
The anti-narcotic operatives apprehended her at the international wing of Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, during inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
NDLEA commander at the airport, Mr. Hamza Umar said the suspect ingested few wraps and inserted others in her private part.
“The suspect tested positive for drug ingestion and vagina insertion. She however expelled a total of 685 grammes of substance that tested positive for cocaine while under observation at the airport” Hamza said in a statement.
Lynnette disclosed she was deceived into drug trafficking under the guise of importing female bags.
“I am a food vendor at Ajangbadi, Lagos and have never been involved in crime. I am a victim of man’s cruelty to man. My husband abandoned me with four children two years ago. I work hard to pay their fees and ensure their proper upkeep. The last straw that devastated me was when the landlord forcefully ejected me. I had nowhere to turn to for solace.”
“I was crying like a baby when a man came to console me. I have never met him in my life. He asked me to wipe my tears and promised to introduce me to importation business. I felt he was God sent until he sponsored my trip to Addis Ababa. When I got to Ethiopia, he told me to take cocaine to Nigeria. Initially I disagreed but he threatened to recover his investment at all cost” she told operative.
NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade said that drug traffickers have form the habit of always changing routes and tactics.
“Going to Addis Ababa to smuggle cocaine into Nigeria is one of the tricks employed by drug trafficking syndicates.
Cocaine is not known to come from Addis but we were able to detect it because of our vigilance. We are prepared to counter the activities of drug kingpins and bring them to justice. We look forward to fruitful progress in our investigation” Giade said.