By Daniel Eteghe
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday arrested a South Africa based Nigerian, Mr. Ayoola Ayodeji Adebayo, with 3.920 kilogrammes of methanphetamine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
The suspect was apprehended during the outward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight to South Africa at the departure hall when the anti-graft officials found the drug that was concealed in false bottom of two bags he wanted to check-in at the departure hall.
Confirming on the arrest, NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Ahmadu Garba, said that the case was being investigated by the agency.
Ahmadu said, a Nigerian living in South Africa by name Ayoola Ayodeji Adebayo was found in possession of 3.920kg of methamphetamine on his way to South Africa. The drug was found in a false bottom of his luggage while he was trying to check-in the luggage. The case is being investigated”
Meanwhile, chairman of the agency, Ahmadu Giade, said that the agency had taken additional measures to detect hidden drugs at all exit and entry points in the country.
“The Agency has taken additional measures to detect hidden drugs at our exit and entry points in the country. This is in preparation for anticipated increase in drug trafficking at the airports, land borders and seaports towards the end of the year. The arrest of Ayoola whose drug was neatly concealed is an indication that more drugs will be detected” Giade stated.
Narrating his ordeal, the suspect who holds a Higher National Diploma in Estate Management from Osun State College of Technology in 2006 said that he made a mistake getting involved in drug trafficking.
“I am a grocer in Pretoria. I have lived in South Africa for over three years. I am married with two children. My friend in Pretoria asked me to bring two bags to him. He bought my return ticket and gave me N150,000. I thought the drug will not be detected because it was neatly concealed. This is a big mistake on my part because I have sustained my family with the grocery business. It will not happen again if I can get out of this problem” Ayoola stated.