TheNational Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Special Area Command has apprehended a Kenyan national, Angela Wairimu for smuggling 6.5 kilograms of Cocaine into Nigeria.
Wairimu, aged 33 and a single mother of two children was arrested on arrival from South Africa aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight to Abuja.
Some of the illicit substance was concealed in the false bottom of a travelling bag which also contained two wrapped parcels of the same illicit drug. She carried the bag as hand luggage.
Wairimu who shuttles between Kenya and South Africa claimed to be a modelling expert and a trader in clothes and cosmetics.
According to her, a friend in South Africa approached her to assist an unknown person to deliver the brief case containing wears in Nigeria which was brought to her at the Airport through an errand boy.
She was to deliver the consignment to the husband of the sender who was to meet her at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
She claimed to be on her second trip to Nigeria to procure home-made body beauty products and local fabrics for her enterprise called La Model in South Africa and Kenya. She denied being under any financial inducement but confessed that her daughter was suffering from acute leukemia which put her under financial pressure.
According to Hamisu Lawan, NDLEA Commander, NAIA, the seizure is the biggest Cocaine shipment in recent times made by the Command.
“We have had seizures of Heroin, Ephedrine and Methamphetamine going to Southern Africa and in some cases to Asia, and even as far as the Pacific region such as New Zealand but we are not surprised at Cocaine coming from South Africa which is largely due to flight network connection, operating two flights daily from Sao Paulo”, he maintained.
The Commander canvassed for the deployment of NDLEA in certain source countries as a matter of national security interest. He advised drug traffickers to desist from testing the will of the Agency. “No matter the mode used by drug traffickers to conceal illicit drugs, we are well trained to detect it”, he noted.
He cautioned Airport employees to be cautious of “insider threat as this is what is making rip on/rip off possible.”
He equally called for the urgent implementation of Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) at the airports.