The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a Chadian lady, identified as Vivien Tarmadji, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, with 234.35 grammes of heroin concealed in her private parts.
According to Punch, Tarmadji was trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight 911 en route to Addis Ababa-Italy when she was caught.
Tarmadji, who runs a saloon business in Italy since 2016 upon her relocation to the country via Libya, was nabbed by vigilant narcotics agents during an outward clearance of the airline at the boarding gate after being scanned.
In a statement by the agency's spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, on Friday, said, under interrogation, Tarmadji claimed she was contacted by a man who called her from Italy to collect the drug from one man who delivered the illicit substance to her in a hotel she lodged in Lagos early in the morning before she took her flight to Abuja same day for onward journey to Italy.
She further claimed that the man brought 50 wraps of heroin for her to swallow but she couldn’t, and as such, she decided to insert 18 wraps into her private part and returned the remaining to the man that brought the drug to her in the hotel.
Tarmadji said she came into Nigeria to raise money to pay for her house and shop rents which had expired in Italy, as life has been so difficult since the coming of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said the owner of the drug was to pay her €10,000 for the successful delivery of the drug to Italy.
Another trafficker, Okojie James of Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State was arrested while boarding a Turkish airline flight en route to Abuja-Istanbul-Cyprus.
Babafemi said, “A number of illicit drugs including 1. 549kg of Cannabis Sativa; 223.80grammes of Tramadol; 192.34grammes of Rohypnol; 214.05 grammes of Flunitrazepam, all of which were concealed in tins of Bournvita and milk, packed in a bag of foodstuff were recovered from him.
“During interrogation, he claimed his friend, Mr Elvis who resides in Cyprus asked him to collect the luggage for him. According to him, Elvis’ sister sent the luggage to him in Abuja from Benin through a transport company, Big Joe Motors.
“He said he was into shawarma and noodles business in Benin before Elvis invited him to Cyprus claiming that he got him admission to school there.”
The Commander, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja Command of the NDLEA, Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, said while Okojie James was arrested last Saturday, Vivien was nabbed on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
He added that both suspects would soon face prosecution.
Meanwhile, the NDLEA operatives at the NAHCO export shed of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja in Lagos seized abandoned five cartons of green leaves suspected to be KHAT with a gross weight of 105.70 kg.
Chairman/CEO of NDLEA, Mohammed Buba Marwa, has commended men and officers of the two airports commands and challenged them to continue with the offensive action to secure Nigeria from the damaging effects of the drug scourge.