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NDLEA arrests Lesser Hajj pilgrims with cocaine at Lagos Airport




Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a widower, Ariyibi Olaseinde, and a divorcee, Tunrayo Akanbi, who were on their way to Saudi Arabia for Lesser Hajj for for attempting to export 14.4kg of cocaine concealed in lace and Ankara fabrics.

They were arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

Olaseinde was intercepted on Thursday, April 20 at the screening point of the MMIA Terminal 2 during outward clearance of Qatar Airways passengers, traveling from Lagos via Doha to Medina, Saudi Arabia, according to a statement by the NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday.

When his carry-on bag was checked, four sets of white lace material with linings of substance that tested positive to cocaine weighing 11.5kg were discovered.

The suspect who claimed to be a widower and an advertising practitioner said his original plan was to ingest the drugs but had to change his mind after failed attempts to swallow bitter cola, which he was using to practice the process. He is expected to be paid N1.8 million upon successful delivery of the consignment in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

The NDLEA said on Wednesday, April 19, its officials at the Terminal 2 of the airport also arrested Mrs Akanbi with 2.90kg cocaine during outward clearance of Qatar Airways passengers from Lagos via Doha to Jedda, Saudi Arabia.

A search of her hand luggage led to the discovery of six sheets of cocaine weighing 2.90kg concealed in Ankara fabrics.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is a divorcee and a trader who used to hawk cloths around Awoyaya area of Ajah, Lagos.

“Based on information in her statement, a follow up operation that lasted through the night into the early hours of Thursday, April 20 was carried out, during which the person who recruited her, Alhaji Adebayo Wasiu, was arrested at No 28, Olateju Street, Mushin, Lagos. Adebayo is the managing director of B&T Travel Agency,” Babafemi stated.





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