Undeterred by the capital punishment for drug trafficking in Indonesia, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos have saved a 33-year-old Nigerian travelling to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta, Indonesia with narcotics.
The suspect, who claimed to be an Ivorian, was arrested while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to Indonesia with a Cote d’lvoire International passport bearing the name Grou Bi Clauvis.
After he tested positive for narcotic ingestion of 89 wraps of narcotics found to be methamphetamine, weighing 1.205kg, was recovered from him.
The NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, said preliminary investigation conducted by the Agency revealed that the suspect hails from Anambra State, with the name Umeme Lotachukwu Fabian.
He attended Boys Secondary School, Onitsha, where he graduated in 2007.
After his secondary education, he started selling clothes at Onitsha main market before he travelled to India in search of greener pastures in 2013 and returned to the country in 2015.
He also had an identity card claiming he is from Abidjan.
Umeme, while under observation at the airport, excreted 89 wraps of narcotics that tested positive for methamphetamine weighing 1.205kg.
In his statement, the suspect said he was offered the sum of $5,000 to smuggle drugs to Indonesia.
“I am the only son of my parents. I wanted to invest the money in my clothes business and also commence preparation for my marriage in a bid to settle down in life,” Umeme stated.
He also stated that he was not aware that drug trafficking attracts capital punishment in Indonesia.
The suspect will soon be charged to court.