A 33-year old woman, Angela Wairimu, has been arrested by the eational Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja, Special Area Command, for attempting to smuggle 6.5 kilograms of Cocaine into Nigeria.
The single mother of two children was arrested on arrival from South Africa aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight to Abuja. The arrest has been labeled by the agency officials as the biggest seizure in recent times.
In a statement issued by the spokesperson of the NDLEA, Jonah Achema, it was revealed that 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, and which she carried 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 NAIA, 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 leukaemia which put her under financial pressure,” Achema said.