By Kenneth Ehigiator
The Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested two suspected drug traffickers heading to the United States and Spain with 122 wraps ofÂ heroin.
Both suspects, Ariwuzo Casmir and Bassey Olu, were intercepted with the aid of scanning machines during the outward screening of passengers at the airport.
While Ariwuzo, a fabricator of aluminium and glass doors in Lagos, was found to have ingested 75 wraps of heroin, weighing 1.325kg, Bassey, a trader in Malabo, was caught with 47 wraps, weighing 985 grammes.
Ariwuzo, 38, who was arrested while trying to board Delta Airlinesâ€™ flight to Atlanta, U.S., said he would have been paid $10,000 by the syndicate that engaged him, had he succeeded in taking the hard drug to the United States.
â€œI am into partnership with a Nigerian I met in New York last year. He introduced me into drug businessâ€. According to him, â€œsomebody will give me the drugs in Lagos and if I successfully smuggle it to the US, I will be handsomely rewardedâ€.
On his part, Bassey,Â 29, said he needed 7,200 Euros to clear his goods at the port, adding that he was deceived into trafficking the drug.
He said, â€œI sell clothes in Equatorial Guinea. I needed 7,200 Euros to clear my goods. My brothers and in-laws in Benin Republic promised to assist me but when I met them, they disappointed me.â€Â NDLEA Airport Commander, Alhaji Hamza Umar, said the suspects would soon be charged to court.