Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has announced the arrest of a 57-year-old grandmother, Omolara Morayo Odeyemi, with cocaine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos en-route Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
In a statement Saturday by the Head, Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, their commander at the airport, Mr. Ahmadu Garba said the two parcels of cocaine were “carefully” concealed inside her luggage.
“A female passenger, Odeyemi Omolara Morayo, with a valid Egypt air ticket from Lagos to Saudi Arabia has been arrested with 1.595kg of cocaine,” Garba was quoted as saying.
“The cocaine, which was concealed in a false bottom of her bag, was discovered during routine check on passengers at the departure hall. We had to cut the bag open to recover the cocaine because of the way it was neatly concealed. She was immediately arrested and the case is currently under investigation.”
According to the suspect, she was introduced to the drug trafficking business by her friend and customer.
“I told my friend that I loved to go on pilgrimage this year and she promised to sponsor my trip,” Odeyemi, an indigene of Ogun State said in her statement.
“That was how she collected my international passport, processed my travel documents and bought a return ticket on Egypt Airline. The only favour she requested from me was that I should take a bag to Saudi. She also told me that somebody would collect the bag from me at Jeddah.
“It was an empty bag, so I kept my personal effects inside it. On getting to the airport, officers discovered cocaine inside the bag during search and I was arrested.”
Condemning her action, NDLEA chief, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.), said it was a good thing the suspect was arrested here as she would have been executed in Saudi.
“Smuggling cocaine to Saudi Arabia under any guise is condemnable. It is good that she was arrested here because drug trafficking attracts capital punishment in Saudi.
“Apart from saving her from execution in Saudi, the prompt arrest also protected our country from disrepute. The agency will not relent in the fight against illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse.”