The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a graduate, Bolatito Solabi, with drug substances at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
Solabi, a 34-year-old single mother, was arrested along with one Victor Chukwu, from whom 865 grammes of heroin was seized.
It was learnt that Solabi, a graduate of a polytechnic in Ogun State, was on board an Ethiopian Airline en route to Addis Ababa when the anti-narcotic officials discovered the drugs – ephedrine and methamphetamine – in her two bags.
The woman, however, told the agency that she was asked to deliver the bags to somebody in South Africa and was not aware of their contents.
It was said that Chukwu had arrived 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 drug into the country.
Commenting on the arrest, the NDLEA Commander at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Lawan Hamisu, 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.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )