The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a Chadian lady, Vivien Tarmadji, with 234.35 grams of heroin concealed in her private part.
The arrest was made at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, while she was trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight 911 en route Addis Ababa-Italy
Tarmadji who runs a saloon business in Italy was nabbed by vigilant narcotics agents during an outward clearance of the airline at the boarding gate after being scanned.
A statement by the Spokesperson of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, on Friday, said, under interrogation, she claimed she was contacted by a man who called her from Italy to collect the drug from one man who delivered the illicit substance to her in a hotel she lodged in Lagos early in the morning before she took her flight to Abuja same day for onward journey to Italy.
She further claimed that the man brought 50 wraps of heroin for her to swallow but she couldn’t, and as such, she decided to insert 18 wraps into her private part and returned the remaining to the man that brought the drug to her.
Tarmadji said she came into Nigeria to raise money to pay for her house and shop rents which had expired in Italy, as life has been so difficult since the coming of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said the owner of the drug was to pay her 10,000 Euro on the successful delivery of the drug to Italy.
Also, another trafficker, Okojie James from Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State has also been arrested while boarding Turkish airline flight en route Abuja-Istanbul-Cyprus.
Babafemi said, “A number of illicit drugs including 1. 549kg of Cannabis Sativa; 223.80grams of Tramadol; 192.34grams of Rohypnol; 214.05 grams of Flunitrazepam, all of which were concealed in tins of Bournvita and milk, packed in a bag of foodstuff were recovered from him.
“During interrogation, he claimed his friend, Mr. Elvis who resides in Cyprus asked him to collect the luggage for him. According to him, Elvis’ sister sent the luggage to him in Abuja from Benin through a transport company, Big Joe Motors.