A human trafficker, Mathew Bassey has been arrested at the Lagos International Airport for attempting to export illicit drug to Dubai and planting same in the luggage of an orphan recruited for a phantom job in the Arab nation by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
This was contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi.
He was arrested on Wednesday 6th July following the interception of orphan, Ms Peter Gift Eno at the departure hall of the Lagos airport.
He said, when Eno’s luggage was searched, 50 parcels of cannabis (2.80kg) concealed in food items were discovered while there were discrepancies between the age she declared and the date of birth on her international passport.
Mr Babafemi explained the human trafficker who recruited and brought her to the airport was still lurking around the airport, waiting for her departure, was promptly tracked and arrested.
Investigations showed that the victim who hails from the same Oron LGA of Akwa Ibom State like Bassey recently lost her mother and as a result made it easy for Bassey to recruit her with the promise of securing her a job in Dubai, UAE.
“It was further discovered that the recruiter leveraged on the victim’s naivety and planted drugs in her bag for onward delivery to his contact in Dubai”. He stated.
In a related development, Mr Babafemi also disclosed that, the desperate bid by a drug trafficker, Aloysius Ajuruchukwu Onyekwe (a.k.a Kelvin) to travel by road to Algeria through Sokoto state with ingested 47 wraps of cocaine in his stomach was frustrated by the NDLEA operatives who intercepted him in Ibadan, Oyo state following intelligence shared by the Department of State Security, DSS.
Onyekwe, 26, who hails from Owerri West LGA, Imo state was arrested on Sunday 3rd July at Ojo park Ibadan where he went to board a vehicle enroute Sokoto to Algeria.
He was traveling with an 18-year-old lady, Blessing Nwoke.
The father of a 10-month-old child who passed out the 47 pellets of cocaine in five excretions confessed that he began his journey to Algeria from Cele area of Okota, Lagos where he ingested the illicit drug, weighing 1.1kg.
Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; editing Adeniyi Bakare