An innocent headmistress who never knew her package contained suspected drug substances has helped in the busting of a syndicate of drug traffickers.
The woman, whom the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency refused to disclose her name for security reasons, was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos State in possession of bottles of Alomo bitters filled with substances that tested positive to cannabis.
She was taking the drugs to Dubai.
The woman appeared genuinely shocked at the discovery and quickly told NDLEA agents who gave her the Alomo bitters.
The suspect, who planted the drug, Nnadi Chibueze, 30, was promptly arrested.
Preliminary investigation revealed that when Chibueze realised that the woman was heading to Dubai for her personal business, he had implored her to assist him hand cartons of Alomo bitters to his elder brother who sells the stuff in Dubai.
Trying to be nice, the woman had agreed, only to get arrested at the airport.
The arrest of Chibueze had made agents to begin to hunt for other members of his syndicate within Nigeria and overseas.
Knowing the game was up, Chibueze confessed that the drug consignment was inadvertently given to the headmistress in error.
His words: “I personally concealed the cannabis inside one of the bottles of Alomo bitters.
“The original plan was to send the drug to my brother in Dubai through a friend but the consignment was given to the headmistress in error.
“When I was told that the goods were given to the headmistress, I was greatly disturbed.
“It was a great mistake that she was given the consignment that contained the drug.”
The NDLEA spokesman, Mitchel Ofoyeju, said that the cannabis weighed 130 grammes and was detected at the MMIA.
Ofoyeju said Chibueze concealed the drug, which was given to the headmistress to deliver in Dubai.
The NDLEA commander at the Airport, Hamza Umar, said Chibueze has explained his role in his confessional statement.
Hamza said: “As soon as the drug was detected, we conducted a follow-up raid operation that led to the arrest of the main suspect, Chibueze.
“He has owned up to the crime and the case now being investigated for subsequent prosecution.”