A woman who attempted to smuggle sixty-six wraps of drug suspected to be methamphetamine hidden in her private has been arrested by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Forty eight year old Mrs. Mande Fatima Bala was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on board a Kenyan Airways flight to Nairobi, Kenya.
With her arrest, the suspect has written her name into the record books as no one had ever inserted such a large quantity of drugs in private part since the establishment of the agency in 1989.
A statement from the Head, Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, confirmed that the 66 wraps was a new record over set by any drug courier in the country.
NDLEA’s statement explained that the suspect claimed to be a graduate of accountancy.
“The quantity of the drugs was so much that it affected her gait thus attracting attention of officials. Unfortunately, nemesis caught up with her when one of the wraps fell on the floor at the screening area as she bent down to pick up her belongings,” the NDLEA said.
The statement said further: “Upon interrogation and examination, she confessed to the crime stating that she was asked to swallow the drug, but was scared of death. In all, 66 wraps of methamphetamine with a total weight of one kilogramme were expelled from her private parts. Preliminary investigation revealed that she lived in Australia for about two years before she was deported in 2010.”
Commenting on the arrest, NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, Hamza Umar described the case as shocking and incredible.
“She was desperate, but I am happy that she was promptly detected. No suspect has ever inserted such a large quantity of drugs in the country. Usually, cases of insertion are not more than 300 grammes. It is amazing,” Hamza stated.
According to the suspect who is a widow and mother of three, it was how to pay school fees that lured her into the criminal act.
“I am a widow with three children. It was N45,000 school fees for my child and landlord who is threatening to quit me by July for not paying my rent that pushed me into drug business. I was instructed to swallow the drugs, but I was scared because I have never seen drugs in my life.
“I used to sell water and drinks after my husband died in an auto accident in 2007. Few years after, I lost everything and could not feed. I studied accountancy, but I have never practiced” the 1992 graduate of accounting at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ife, lamented,” the NDLEA statement added, pointing out that the suspect had already confessed that the drugs were given to her bay a baron.
The Chief Executive of the Agency, Ahmadu Giade in his reaction said that everything about the suspect is disturbing.
“Apart from the quantity of drugs caught with her, her route is also a new development in drug trafficking. Drug barons now adopt a relay approach to drug trafficking. They wanted to use her to take the drug to another African country before using an indigene of that country to take the drug to other continents where the profit is higher. We are not oblivious of their moves and we are prepared to nip them in the bud” Giade assured the public.