I wanted to use proceeds to pay debt — Suspect
BY EVELYN USMAN & DANIEL ETEGHE
LAGOS — Attempt by a 51-year-old man to smuggle 3.870kg of suspected Methamphetamine to Nairobi, Kenya has been foiled following his arrest by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
The suspect, Odeyemi Ademola Ayodeji, was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos during outward screening of passengers on a Kenyan Airways flight.
During investigation, Ayodeji disclosed that he expected to realise N2.4 million had he succeeded in the illicit deal, adding that he attempted to carry the drug to generate money to clear his debts.
He further stated that his inability to cater for his family forced one of his wives to leave for her parents’ home.
According to the Osun State-born suspect, “I am owing people. I couldn’t sleep because of debts. I have two wives. But the first one left to live with her parents because of my condition.
” I would have made a profit of $15,000 (N2.4 million) had I succeeded in selling the drug in Nairobi. I intended paying my debts and start a business with the money realised.”
How he was arrested
Explaining how he was arrested, the agency’s Airport Commander, Hamza Umar, stated that the drug was found inside the luggage of the suspect.
He said: “The drug was packed in a white transparent polythene and hidden inside his bag containing soup ingredients like pepper, melon and crayfish.
“Methamphetamine often called ice or meth is a crystal-like powdered substance that sometimes comes in large rock-like chunks. It is odourless, bitter and dissolves easily in water or alcohol.”