A middle-aged man who gave his name as Obivuko Alloysius Ifeanyi has told bewildered operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, that he accepted trafficking in drugs by inserting 210 grams of the hard stuff in his anus so as to outwit narcotic agents with a view to giving his late father-in-law a befitting burial. ]
But his trick was truncated moments on arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport as the scanning machine gave him out.
He was promptly shoved aside for profiling which resulting in the secretion of wraps of cocaine weighing 210 grams. But while pleading for leniency the suspect said, ” It is unfortunate that I found myself in this kind of situation. It is the greatest mistake of my life and I have learnt my lessons in a very hard way.
I bear no grudges against the NDLEA because they are carrying out their constitutional duties but I plead with them to temper justice with mercy, I got into this mess for the sum of four hundred thousand naira only. See how I have been messed up? All I was doing was to get enough money to give my late in-law a befitting burial.”
The agency’s Ag head, public affairs, Ndukwu Chidi Henry who described the concealment as “unusual” said the airport was witnessing low arrest of traffickers following the onslaught against them particularly with the installation of additional scanning machines donated to the agency by the US government to improve the efficiency of the fight against illicit trafficking in hard drugs.
He said while others have fled to other ports, Mr. Obivuko decided to take the risk and was apprehended. According to Ndukwu, insertion by men is a rare and dangerous mode of drug concealment adding that operatives at the airport were ever ready to beat drug traffickers in their own game.
“During interrogation, the suspect who hails from Orumba North LGA in Anambra State said he ventured into the drug business in order to give his in-law who died in Brazil a befitting burial here in Nigeria. Until his arrest, the suspect was a dealer on ladies weave-on, and had lived in Brazil for 8 year.” he said.