By Dipo Awojobi – A 41-year-old woman who feigned pregnancy was arrested on Saturday by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, with wraps of substances suspected to be cocaine.
Spokesman of the NDLEA, Mitchell Ofoyeju, disclosed in a statement the suspect was nabbed with the curious substance weighing 1.720kg with an estimated street value of N20.6 million.
“It was discovered that the suspect kept 86 wraps of cocaine inside a waist bag which was tied to her stomach.
“Unfortunately, the drug was detected by NDLEA officers on her arrival from Dubai. The drug was immediately packed and weighed in her presence,” the the NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, was quoted in the statement to have said.
“In the past few days, the NDLEA has recorded numerous arrests and drug seizures at the Lagos airport.
“The drug cartels have also suffered huge losses from these operations. This particular suspect feigned pregnancy with wraps of cocaine but she was caught by vigilant narcotic agents.
“Some of the suspects recently apprehended concealed drugs in their socks and luggage while others ingested wraps of cocaine in disregard of the danger to their health.
“In spite of their craftiness, we are daily stopping them from perpetrating their criminal act and forcing them to a retreat.
“She will be charged to court soon,” chairman of the agency, Muhammad Abdallah, was also quoted to have declared in the statement.