By Kenneth Ehigiator
THE Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested a 52-year old mother of seven, for trafficking 1.166 kilogrammes of heroin, who allegedly ingested and concealed some of the drugs in her private part.
The suspect, Alhaja Abduquadri Alalade Olufunke, was apprehended on March 2, 2010, during screening of passengers on Delta Airlinesâ€™ flight to Atlanta, United States.
She allegedly ingested 61 wraps of brownish powdery substance that tested positive for heroin, weighing 958 grammes, while she also inserted a big parcel of same substance weighing 208 grammes in her private part.
The mother of seven children, whose final destination was Chicago, claimed she sells clothes but was forced by circumstances into drug trafficking.
The suspect claimed to have been given the drug at Seme border by a lady that promised to help her out of her financial predicament unknown to her that she was an agent of drug barons.
She said:Â â€œI was involved in drug trafficking because of my children. My expectation was to rent a shop for my business and pay my childrenâ€™s school fees. It is a painful experience for me, particularly the ingestion of the drugs and the parcel prepared for me to insert in my private parts.â€
â€œI would have changed my mind at that point. I used water in swallowing the drug but it just could not go down my throat so they gave me soft drinkâ€.
She said that she was virtually in hell with the drugs in her body, adding that she had to do it because of her financial situation.
â€œIt was a bitter experience. Though I was given 1,200 dollars part payment with a promise that when I get to Chicago I will be handsomely rewarded, still I was uncomfortable. I was brainwashed by a woman like me, though it is not entirely her fault, I feel very bad. I do not know how to face my children,â€ lamented Alhaja Adelade, who hails from Isan_Ekiti, Ekiti.
Meanwhile, the NDLEA Airport Commander, Alhaji Hamza Umar, stressed that drug traffickers needed not hide under any guise to smuggle drugs, as the agency was prepared to stop them. â€œWe do not look at a passengerâ€™s age or status. Our job is simply to arrest them as they come and that is our contribution towards a crime free societyâ€ Hamza stated.
Reacting to the arrest, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Ahmadu Giade, noted that the suspectâ€™s action was a reflection of her moral depravity.
He urged members of the public to avoid the temptation for quick wealth, stressing that a good name was better than ill_gotten wealth.
â€œIt must take character deficiency for a mother of her age to condescend into such level of depravity. People should learn to build and protect their good name which is far better than illegitimate wealthâ€ Giade advised.
The agencyâ€™s spokesman, Mr. Ofoyeju Mitchell, said the suspect would soon be charged to court in accordance with the NDLEA Act.