A 28-year-old single mother, Udoka Peace Egbuchelam, and four other suspected drug traffickers have been apprehended over alleged ingestion of 398 wraps of narcotics.
A statement from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and signed by its Head of Public Affairs, Ofoyeju Mitchell stated that the suspects were caught by officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.
The statement stated that the single mother ingested 73 wraps of methamphetamine weighing 1.1kg.
Also according to Mitchell, the combined weight of the drugs the suspects attempted to traffic was 7.1kg and it consisted of 1.1kg of methamphetamine and 6kg of cocaine.
Other suspects named in the statement were: Ezechi Chinedu Nwabueze, 45, who ingested 95 wraps of cocaine weighing 2kg; Uzoukwu Uzomba Joel, 54, who ingested 85 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.5kg; Obiora Boniface Okechukwu, 36, who ingested 91 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.6kg; and Eze Onyebuchi Everest, 32, who swallowed 54 wraps of cocaine weighing 900g.
The Agency?s Airport Commander for Abuja, Hamisu Lawan, said Udoka and Nwabueze were to board Ethiopian Airline flights to Malaysia and Istanbul, while the other suspects were caught during inward screening of passengers.
According to the statement, Udoka reportedly went into the drug business to pay her 5-year-old daughter?s tuition fees.
She was quoted as saying: ?Since my arrest, I have been worried because I do not know how she is coping without me. The people that gave me the drug promised to pay me the sum of 2,700 dollars.?
However, Nwabueze reportedly went into drug trafficking to get by after his shop got burnt.
Ahmadu Giade, NDLEA Chairman, said that Udoka would have been sentenced to death if she had been caught in Malaysia, which had capital punishment for drug trafficking. He urged members of the public to avoid drug trafficking.
?We are happy to prevent the untimely death of another Nigerian over drug trafficking,? he added.