A 51-year-old woman, Monsurat Akinyemi, has been nabbed by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for being in possession of 180 grammes of heroin.
The trader was nabbed at the Murtalla Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos State on Friday during an inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Entebbe, Uganda.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, who confirmed the arrest in a statement made available to newsmen, said the suspect had four parcels of the drug in her luggage as at the time of her arrest.
“The suspect, a grandmother, travelled to Uganda for one week and hid the drugs in her luggage on the way back. The case is under investigation and will be charged to court soon,” the statement said.
The suspect was quoted to have told investigators that all she needed was money to expand her business.
The Ogun State indigene said, “I invested my $3,000 in the deal and expected that I would get $6,000 from it after I was introduced to drug trafficking by a friend who invited me to Uganda.
“I used to buy female clothes from India for sale but due to family problems and the economic situation, my business started to die. I wanted to expand my business.
“I am sad that things did not go as planned. I am not a criminal. I just want to survive. When the drug was discovered at the airport, I felt as if it was all over for me.”
Also, Chairman of the NDLEA, Col. Mustapha Abdallah (retd.) said the agency would continue to fight the anti-narcotics war on all fronts.
He said, “Investing $3,000 in drug trafficking when there are numerous legitimate businesses is ill-advised. People must look inwards and protect their family name.
“Uganda is not a source country for cocaine but drug cartels are unpredictable. They constantly change their mode of operation but we are prepared to counter all their tricks. We will remain vigilant in securing our country from the criminal activities of drug trafficking syndicates,” he noted, calling on members of the public to shun drug trafficking and protect their dignity.