A drug trafficker has narrated the touching hardship he experienced in B.razil that forced him to swallow wraps of cocaine to make quick money.
The suspects after they were arrested at the MMIA, Lagos
It is the end of the road for two men who swallowed wraps of cocaine in a desperate bid to make quick money after they were arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
The Agency recovered 700 grammes of powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine from two suspects during the inward screening of passengers on a Royal Air Maroc flight from Sao Paulo, B.razil through Casablanca, Morocco. The suspects inserted seven wraps of cocaine each weighing 350 grammes into their alimentary canals to evade arrest.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba gave the names of the suspects as Okonkwo Francis Okechukwu, 44, and Ifedigbo Chinedu Lucky, 37. “Preliminary investigation revealed that both suspects planned and executed the unlawful act together. They inserted seven wraps of cocaine each into their bodies weighing 350 grammes” the commander stated.
Okonkwo Francis Okechukwu said that accepting to smuggle drugs due to frustration and as a means of returning from B.razil.
According to Okonkwo, “I was stranded in B.razil, where I worked as a waiter in a restaurant for two years. Life was awful as I was struggling daily just to feed myself. When I was contacted to smuggle cocaine to Nigeria, I was very happy because it was an opportunity to return home. My sponsor also promised to pay me half a million Naira with which I had planned to start a business”. He is married with two children and hails from Enugu State.”
Ifedigbo Chinedu Lucky who had also spent two years in B.razil described his arrest as ill-luck. “I am a business man. I import female shoes from B.razil since 2014. This arrest is just bad luck for me because I was already calculating my profit from the deal” the 37 year-old suspect who is single and hails from AnamB.ra State stated.
Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah said that the Agency will not relent in the fight against drug trafficking.
“NDLEA is committed to the fight against narcotic production and trafficking. B.razil is a source country for cocaine and I am glad with the high level of vigilance on the route resulting in several arrests and seizures. It is however sad that the suspects could insert narcotics into their alimentary canals in utter disregard of the health consequences. The suspects will be arraigned soon” Abdallah stated.