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NDLEA nabs Saudi-bound widow for concealing cocaine in sandals

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NDLEA nabs Saudi-bound widow for concealing cocaine in sandals

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on Sunday, confirmed the arrest of a 56-year-old widow, Ajisegiri Sidika, for allegedly attempting to traffic 400grams of cocaine concealed in her footwear to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State.

The spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, said the suspect, who claimed to be a businesswoman trading in adult and children’s wears, was intercepted on Sunday, November 13, while trying to board a Qatar Airways flight going to Saudi Arabia via Doha.

According to Babafemi, upon a critical examination of the pair of sandals she was wearing, two parcels of cocaine weighing 400grams were recovered from them.

He added, “In the same vein, attempts by a tricycle parts seller, Ayoade Tayo, to send 1kg of Tramadol 225mg and Rohypnol to Istanbul, Turkey via Cairo on an Egypt Airline flight same day were also frustrated by NDLEA operatives who arrested him.

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“He was at the airport to hand over the drugs hidden inside a bag of food items to an intending passenger, Idowu Ayoade, but was arrested before he succeeded in doing that.”

The anti-narcotics agency’s spokesperson also noted that an intending passenger to Oman via Asky airline, Agbamuc Nkeonye and a lady, Adeoye Fatimo, who accompanied him to present a bag containing varieties of foodstuffs and body lotion which were used to conceal 1.10kg cannabis and some Rohypnol capsules were also arrested at the departure hall of the Lagos airport on Thursday, November 18.

Babafemi added that anti-narcotics officers attached to the SAHCO export shed of the airport equally foiled attempts by traffickers to smuggle consignments of cannabis and ecstasy tablets concealed in three tubers of yam going to Dubai, UAE on Wednesday, November 17.

NDLEA nabs Saudi-bound widow for concealing cocaine in sandals

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