The Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 36-year-old food vendor for concealing wraps of cocaine in her vagina.
Chinelo Okorom Lynnette was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos during the inward screening of passengers who arrived via an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia The NDLEA said Chinelo has already â€œexcretedâ€ 685g of cocaine and remains under observation.
â€œThe suspect tested positive for drug ingestion and vaginal insertionâ€, Commander of NDLEA at the airport, Hamza Umar said.
â€œShe, however, expelled a total of 685 grammes of substance that tested positive for cocaine while under observation at the airportâ€.
The suspect confessed to the crime, but claimed that she was lured into drug trafficking on the pretext that she would be importing female bags.
â€œI am a food vendor at Ajangbadi, Lagos and have never been involved in crime. I am a victim of manâ€™s cruelty to manâ€, she lamented in her statement.
â€œMy husband abandoned me with four children two years ago. I work hard to pay their fees and ensure their proper upkeep. The last straw that devastated me was when the landlord forcefully ejected me. I had nowhere to turn to for solaceâ€.
Chinelo said she was â€œcrying like a babyâ€ when a man appeared out of the blue to offer a shoulder to cry on, asking her to wipe away her tears and promising to introduce her to importation business.
â€œI felt he was God-sent until he sponsored my trip to Addis Ababaâ€, she said. â€œWhen I got to Ethiopia, he told me to take cocaine to Nigeria. Initially I disagreed, but he threatened to recover his investment at all costâ€.
Also speaking, Chairman of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade observed that drug traffickers are fond of always changing their routes and tactics, but they could not possibly outsmart the NDLEA.
â€œGoing to Addis Ababa to smuggle cocaine into Nigeria is one of the tricks employed by drug trafficking syndicatesâ€ Giade said.
â€œCocaine is not known to come from Addis but, we were able to detect it because of our vigilance. We are prepared to counter the activities of drug kingpins and bring them to justice. We look forward to fruitful progress in our investigationâ€.
While confirming that the suspect will soon be charged to court, he implored the public to be wary of the manipulative tendencies of drug traffickers.