The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday said that it has begun investigation into the arrest of a 32-year-old Kenyan woman allegedly found with 2.560kg of heroin.
This was contained in a statement signed by the agency’s spokesman, Mitchell Ofoyeju, which was made available to newsmen (NAN) in Lagos. Ofoyeju said that the woman was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
“The suspect who left Bujumbura, Burundi under the pretext of pilgrimage to Nigeria was arrested following the discovery of heroin hidden inside two pairs of female sandals and under her luggage. The seizure took place during inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa. Preliminary investigation revealed that she planned to smuggle the drugs into the country under the pretext of pilgrimage.
“This is her third visit to Nigeria in two years. It was also gathered that she left Nairobi, Kenya to Bujumbura where she collected the luggage containing the drugs before proceeding to Nigeria through Addis Ababa. The suspect name is Imeloah Awino Noah. She is cooperating with our investigating team,” Ofoyeju said.
The spokesman quoted the suspect as saying that she was introduced into the drug business by her Nigerian boyfriend who offered to assist her by sponsoring her trip to Nigeria.
“Initially I was reluctant but my friend persuaded me. They bought my ticket and gave me the bag containing clothes where the heroin was hidden. On arrival at the Lagos airport, the drug was detected,” Ofoyeju quoted the suspect as saying.