The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested two ladies at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, for attempting to export 19.8kg of dried weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa to Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE).
The NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr Hamza Umar, who disclosed this yesterday, said that the two ladies are also being interrogated in connection with the drug seizure.
Explaining further, he stated that the arrest took place at the departure hall of the MMA, Lagos during the screening of passengers on an Etihad flight to Dubai.
The drug, he said was concealed in foodstuff and local alcoholic beverage called, Alomo Bitters and that the case was under investigation.
According to him, “We found seventy-eight parcels of dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis sativa, weighing 19.8kg in the luggage of 30-year old Ebere Ohakwe Sandra, and 33 year-old Obidike Ugochukwu Maureen. The drugs were detected during the outward screening of passengers on an Etihad flight to Dubai. The case is under investigation and the suspects are assisting our team of investigators”.
According to Ebere Ohakwe Sandra, who lives and sells foodstuff in Dubai, her travel agent told her to smuggle cannabis in exchange for her visa.
“I used to export foodstuff to Dubai since 2012. Each time I go to Dubai, I stay for two months and come back because I have no permanent visa. I came to Nigeria since December 2014 to spend the Christmas and New Year at home. While I was preparing to go back, my travel agent in Dubai called me that somebody will give me a parcel to take to him. My first question was that I hope it is not cocaine, and he said that it was not cocaine but weed and that it is not something serious. He also promised me that if I can take it to him, he will prepare my next visa for free. That was how I agreed to take it,” Sandra said.
Sandra who is a 2010 graduate of Economics at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology also explained how she implicated her friend Obidike Ugochukwu Maureen.
According to her, “Maureen is my friend. We met in Port Harcourt and had been chatting always. She told me she would like to visit Dubai to buy clothes because she sells female clothes. We concluded that we will both travel to Dubai when I am returning in January 2015. Since she had only hand luggage, I decided to check in some of my luggage in her name because I had 80kg and do no not want to pay the excess charge. Unfortunately, NDLEA discovered drugs in the luggage I checked in her name and we were both arrested. I regret accepting to take the drug. I have learnt my lessons”.
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