NDLEA arrests South African for drug trafficking

OFFICIALS of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos have arrested a South African national in connection with drug trafficking.

The suspect, Fikile Happy-Girl Nene, 38, was to board an Emirates flight to Malaysia when she tested positive to drug ingestion.

In a statement, NDLEA spokesman, Mr. Mitchele Ofoyeju said unlike other suspects, Nene gave herself up when she suddenly held her stomach in pains at the departure hall.

Quoting the Airport Commander of the agency, Hamza Umar, Ofoyeju said the suspect was taken for scan and she tested positive for drug ingestion.     “She was to go through screening when suddenly she held her stomach and beckoned on security officials demanding to see a doctor. Immediately, she was taken for scan and confirmed positive for narcotic ingestion,” he said.

While she was under observation, she was said to have excreted 55 wraps of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine weighing 700 grammes.

The agency’s spokesman  noted that preliminary investigations revealed that she traveled to Malaysia from South Africa. It was in Malaysia that she was recruited to smuggle drugs from Benin Republic. She ingested the drugs in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Nene also reacted to the drug while it was in her system and the doctor was invited to assist her overcome the situational reaction to drug ingestion.  In her confession, Nene, who is a single mother, said that she wanted to make life better for her 19-year-old daughter.

“I am a single mother and I trade to take care of myself and daughter.

I visited my friend in Malaysia and it was there I was convinced into coming to Cotonou to collect the drugs. They gave me the drugs in my hotel room and I forced myself to ingest the wraps,” she said.

It was gathered that the original plan was for the suspect to use the airport at Benin Republic but she was diverted to Lagos.


By Odita Sunday

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