A Chadian lady, Vivien Tarmadji, has been arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency while trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight 911 enroute Addis Ababa-Italy with 234.35 grams of heroin concealed in her private part.
The trafficker, who runs a salon 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.
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.
According to her, 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 in of COVID-19 pandemic.
Tarmadji said the owner of the drug was to pay her 10,000 Euro on successful delivery of the drug to Italy.
In the same vein, another trafficker, Okojie James, from Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, has also been arrested while boarding Turkish Airline flight enroute Abuja-Istanbul-Cyprus.
A number of illicit drugs, including 1.549kg of Cannabis Sativa; 223.80grams of Tramadol; 192.34 grams of Rohypnol; 214.05 grams 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, James claimed his friend, simply identified as 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 indomie 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 James was arrested last Saturday, Tarmadji was nabbed on March 23, 2021.
Tsakuwa added that both suspects would soon face prosecution.
In a related development, NDLEA operatives at the NAHCO export shed of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on March 24 seized abandoned five cartons of green leaves suspected to be KHAT with a gross weight of 105.70 kilograms.
The Chairman/CEO of NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd), 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.