From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested one Odeyemi Ademola Ayodeji, 51, for attempting to smuggle 3.870kg of
substances that tested positive for methamphetamine to Nairobi, Kenya.
The arrest took place at the international wing of the Murtala
Muhammed Airport, Lagos during outward screening of passengers on a Kenyan Airways flight.
Methamphetamine often called Ice or Meth is a crystal-like powdered substance that sometimes comes in large rock-like chunks. It is odourless, bitter-tasting and dissolves easily in water or alcohol.
NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Hamza Umar stated that the drug was found inside the luggage of the suspect. “One Odeyemi Ademola Ayodeji was arrested with 3.870kg of methamphetamine. The drug was
packed in white transparent polythene and hidden inside his bag containing soup ingredients like pepper, melon and crayfish” Hamza told reporter.
“I cannot sleep because of debts. I would have made a profit of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) from selling the drug in Nairobi.
As a result of my condition, my senior wife has gone to live with her parents because of hardship. I intended paying my debt and starting a usiness with the 15,000 dollars. Kindly help me, I am married to two wives with three children” Odeyemi appealed.
NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade in his response called for stiffer punishment to deter people from drug trafficking. “Getting money from drug trafficking is criminal and must be discouraged. We need stiffer punishment to deter people from drug trafficking. The pain of spending fifteen years in prison will prevent more people from getting involved in drug smuggling” Giade stated.