The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested two grandmothers with narcotics at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on their way to the US and Saudi Arabia.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
Ofoyeju said the suspects allegedly ingested 108 wraps of substances that tested positive for heroin and cocaine during outward screening of passengers at the MMIA, Lagos.
He said the NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, gave the names of the suspected drug traffickers as Ebunoluwa Adebayo, 60, and Ayisat Amodu, 59.
He said Adebayo was found to have ingested 83 wraps of heroin weighing 1.105kg on her way to New York, US, while Amodu ingested 25 wraps of cocaine weighing 275 grammes on her way to Medina, Saudi Arabia.
Ofoyeju said the women blamed their involvement in drug trafficking on financial hardship.
He said preliminary investigation revealed hat this is the first time a grandmother of 60 years will ingest a whopping 83 wraps of narcotics and noted that the second suspect was going to Saudi Arabia where drug trafficking attracts capital punishment.
He said: “Adebayo Ebunoluwa Mercy was arrested while boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York while Amodu Ayisat Grace was caught trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight on her way to Medina, Saudi Arabia.”
He said Adebayo Ebunoluwa, a divorcee, sells provisions at Ikorodu, Lagos, while Amodu sells food in Lagos.
Adebayo said: “I am a divorcee selling provision for survival. Things became rough and tough for me when I lost my capital due to family problems.”
”I was happy when they offered to sponsor my trip to Saudi Arabia but I never knew it will end in my detention,” Amodu said.