By Ifeanyi Okolie
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 59-year-old man with substance suspected to be cocaine, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. The suspect identified as  Omoyele Olusola Williams, who was heading for London, was said to have tested positive when screened by officials of the agency.

Omoyele Olusola Williams

He was thereafter, placed on observation, during which he reportedly excreted 65 pellets of substance suspected to be cocaine, weighing 950 grammes.

The Diploma in Theology holder, recorded as  the first suspect arrested by the agency in year 2011, during interrogation, blamed his indulgence on hardship and his inability to carter for his wife and six children.

The Lagos state born had this to say, ”When I lost my source of livelihood, a man whom I had gone to for help, introduced me into drug trafficking. But I have learnt my lesson in a hard and bitter way. I am now prepared to do the right thing in life no matter what it will cost me. This is because the arrest is my worst experience since I was born. I am weeping  because of the shame and embarrassment I have brought to my wife and children.

On my own, I have made up my mind never to smuggle drugs in life. I will rather die in hunger than traffick drugs or go into crime. Ignorance and frustration lured me into drug business. I do not know it will end up this way. I did it because when I needed help, none was in sight.”

Chairman of the agency, Ahmadu Giade noted that illicit drug trafficking was not just carried out by the young alone, but  had become an affair of both the elderly, revealing that the agency’s last arrest in year 2010, involved  that of a 60-year-old man and his 57-year-old wife.

But he reinstated the agency’s resolve to make this year too hot for drug traffickers, threatening, “we are going to dismantle more drug trafficking cartels this year and more faces of drug barons will be uncovered. There will be no hiding place for anybody. We are strategising and very soon members of the public will see a systematic attack on drug barons,” Giade promised.

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