Apr 2 2010
By UCHE USIM:
• Hides some in 6-year-old twins’ pants
A desperate couple eager to make quick money through drug trafficking has landed in the net of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The couple and their six-year-old twins were nabbed by officials of the NDLEA at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while boarding an Arik Air flight to London on Sunday, March 28.
According to the spokesman of the NDLEA, Mitchell Ofoyeju, the family head, Jimoh Oladega Bashir (46), his wife, Jimoh Mulikat Adebukola and their six-year-old twins were carrying 4.050 kg of white powdery substance that tested positive to cocaine.
Though the man had no drugs on him, the wife concealed 3.350kg in almost every part of her body. She had some on her breast and underwear. The innocent six years old twins were also used in packing 700 grammes of the illicit drugs.
According to Ofoyeju, the couple has a supermarket at Ajah, Lagos, adding that it was painful that they still engaged in the illicit act.
“Their reason for carrying drugs was that they were swindled of N2.2 million and needed to smuggle the drugs to enable them pay the school fees of their children.
Ofoyeju quoted Jimoh as saying: “We were to be paid £3,000 while some quantity of the drugs would have been given to us. Initially, I rejected the suggestion but they convinced my wife who persuaded me to do it. My son is at the Fountain University, Osogbo and I need to pay their school fees.”
The wife also blamed their involvement on school fees and other family financial responsibilities. In her words: “I have problem of my children’s school fees. I have six children and I intend to give them good education. I also have younger ones and aged parents to take care of. They asked me to swallow the drugs, but I was afraid, that is why I packed them in my body,” she stated.
The NDLEA spokesman said the twins had been released to the family members, but the couple will soon be charged to court.
Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, at a public forum in Bauchi State, last week, had warned real and potential culprits of hard drugs that the agency was ready, willing and able to keep up the fight against hard drugs.
He had called on stakeholders to intensify drug control efforts, as he identified illicit drug trafficking as a major threat to political stability in West Africa.
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