NDLEA intercepts 195g of heroin at Lagos Airport
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) attached to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA in Lagos said it intercepted a consignment of 195 grammes of heroin at the airport. The drug was concealed with female artificial hair inside a bag. The agency stated that the seizure was made on the New Year eve during a search of luggage going to Monrovia, Liberia in an Arik airline flight.
The NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr. Hamza Umar said, officials arrested the consignor, a 34 year old housewife, Nsofor Ngozi Anderlin who attempted to export the drug to her husband in Liberia.
The suspect allegedly confessed that the bag containing the illicit drug was sent to her by her husband.
She confessed: 'My husband called me from Liberia where he lives that somebody will give me a bag. He told me to buy female artificial hair in the bag and send it to him. I bought the hair attachment as instructed by my husband.
'This is not my first time of sending goods to my husband. Unfortunately, officers at the airport found heroin inside the bag during search.' The suspect who hails from Imo State said that her regret is that the bag was sent by her husband.
'I really feel bad that the bag where the drug was found was sent to me by my husband. I am here writing statement when I ought to be preparing for my New Year celebration at home' she added.
The commander said that the artificial hair was used as a distraction. 'The artificial hair was just a distraction knowing that heroin was concealed in the bag. It took the experience and expertise of the NDLEA officers to detect the drug at the checking desk. Preliminary investigation indicates that it is a family business and the suspect will soon be charged to court,' Hamza disclosed.
Commenting on the arrest, Chief Executive of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade said, the involvement of the couple in drug trafficking is unfortunate.
'It is sad for a married couple to get involved in drug trafficking. What legacy are they bequeathing to their children? Parents must live by example because they have a responsibility to inculcate discipline in them.
'The agency remains dedicated to strict drug law enforcement as efforts are ongoing to determine the role of the husband,' Giade assured.