A 55-year-old female pilgrim arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja has excreted eighty-two wraps of cocaine, weighing nine hundred and thirty-one (931) programmes.
The woman was arrested during the outward screening of passengers on an Emirate flight to Dubai en-route Medina.
Mrs Binuyo Busari Iyabo, a native of Irepodun local government area of Kwara State, is married with three children and sells cosmetics at Dosumu market, Lagos.
Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, who described Iyabo’s action as shameful, warned against trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
He said that drug traffickers shall be severely sanctioned in line with anti-narcotic laws of the land.
“It is a shameful and discreditable act for a 55 year old mother who is going on a holy pilgrimage to ingest narcotics. This is very shocking and a clear indication of her inability to effectively discharge parental responsibility.
“The Agency shall invoke the powers of the law against her and others caught indulging in production/trafficking in narcotic drugs”, he said.
Similarly, NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, Hamisu Lawan confirmed the total number of wraps of cocaine ingested by the suspect while under observation.
“Mrs Binuyo Basari Iyabo while under observation expelled eighty-two wraps of cocaine weighing nine hundred and thirty-one (931) grammes. All arrangements have been concluded for her prosecution”. Hamisu stated.
In her statement the arrested woman said she wanted to expand my cosmetic business but I had no money.
“My sponsor offered to foot my expenses to Saudi on pilgrimage. This was how I got involved in the act. I was excited until the issue of drugs was introduced.
“I wanted to decline but it was late. Besides, I was offered a million naira which I accepted. I swallowed the drugs in Lagos and took a flight to Abuja on my way to Medina but I was caught in the process”, she told investigators.