A 40 year old Nigerian based in Italy, Amobi Okoye, has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for trafficking drugs.
Spokesman of the NDLEA, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, who disclosed this, yesterday, in Lagos said the suspect was arrested at the departure hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Ofoyeju said the suspect was found to have swallowed 63 wraps of substances that tested positive to cocaine, weighing 1.030kg while trying to board an Alitalia flight.
He said: “The suspect was arrested with the assistance of scanning machines. While under observation, he excreted 63 wraps of powdery substances weighing 1.030kg that tested positive to cocaine. “The suspect claimed in his statement that he came to Nigeria in search of a wife but decided to smuggle cocaine because he was broke.
“He claimed that some people promised to pay him $4,000 (about N640,000) in addition to all travel expenses. He is currently under investigation and will be charged to court soon.”
I came to find a wife, got broke then the suspect, who has lived in Italy since 2009, said he came home last December in search of a wife but got involved in drug trafficking because he was broke.
He said: “My involvement in cocaine trafficking was an afterthought. The reason I came to Nigeria in December 2013 was to search for a wife. In the process, I spent all the money with me while searching for money to buy my ticket back to Italy.”
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade called on members of the public to avoid drug trafficking and support the anti-drug campaign.
He said: “Drug mules must shun drug trafficking in their best interest and that of the society at large.
“It is important for them to realise that the financial inducementoffered by drug barons is insignificant compared with the damage to their reputation and that of their families. The best solution is to say no to drug trafficking at all times.”