Barely one week after the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency paraded a suspected drug trafficker, operatives of the agency have arrested another suspect at the Port Harcourt International Airport.
The suspect, Mrs. Yusuf Rabiat Olabisi, was arrested around 9pm on May 31, 2012, while attempting to travel to London after ingesting 70 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.016 kilogrammes and valued at N15m.
Olabisi, a 56-year-old mother of six, was said to have excreted the wraps of cocaine under the close watch of the NDLEA operatives at the airport.
It was gathered that the suspect, who was promised three thousand pounds (N738,000) to deliver the drug to a client in London, had already received one thousand pounds as advance payment.
Olabisi was expected to collect her two thousand pounds balance as soon as she delivers the drugs.
However, the suspect refused to speak with journalists.
The NDLEA Commander at the airport, Mr. Olutekunbi Davies, said it was the second time the agency would be arresting suspected drug peddlers at the airport in less than two weeks.
Davies expressed sadness that women were mostly involved in drug trafficking in recent times, saying, “Women who are supposed to be revered as mothers of the nation have decided not only to soil the good image of motherhood, but hell-bent on dragging the image of the country through the mud.
“NDLEA is very much ready to square up to those few unscrupulous elements before they destroy the future of our dear nation. The battle against drug trafficking is on and there shall be no compromise.”
He restated that drug peddlers were attracted to the airport as a result of the absence of the NDLEA scanning machine, recalling that the equipment was removed due to the ongoing construction at the airport.
He said the agency was making moves to bring in a smaller scanning machine pending when the renovation of the airport would be completed.