Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested a 48-year-old mother of three, Saidat Hassan, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after she allegedly vomited 15 wraps of white, powdery substances that tested positive for cocaine.
Hassan, an indigene of Idiroko, Ogun State who resides in Lagos Island, reportedly vomited the substance at the central screening section of the departure hall during the screening of passengers on an Egypt Airline flight to Jedda, Saudi Arabia, en-route Cairo.
The NDLEA in a statement issued on Friday, February 12, 2016 noted that Hassan had swallowed 80 wraps of cocaine weighing 904 grammes.
The NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, Hamisu Lawan, said efforts were made to protect her from any harm resulting from drug ingestion.
He said: “As soon as we discovered that the suspected wraps she vomited tested positive for cocaine, we took measures to ensure her safety by preventing any harm that may result from drug ingestion.
“While under observation, she excreted sixty-five similar wraps. In all, she ingested 80 wraps of cocaine weighing 904 grammes; her case is under investigation.”
Condemning Hassan’s action, the NDLEA Chairman, Mohammad Abdallah, said: “This is gross ineptitude on the part of a mother saddled with the responsibility of nurturing her children into future leaders,” said Mr. Abdallah, a retired colonel.
“She will soon be charged to court because the law must run its full course. I expect the general public to learn lessons from this case that drug trafficking leads to pain, ignominy and untimely death.
“Every action taken must be based on best global principles while lessons learnt will influence our implementation strategies in our day to day operations.
“The Agency will continue to sensitize members of the public by presenting facts and figures of drug trafficking as well as the larger picture of its ruin and devastation.”
In a confessional statement, the suspect who claimed to be a business woman that deals on women’s clothes at Balogun market said: “I am a business woman and I sell women clothes at Balogun market.
“I used to buy my goods from Ghana. I was introduced into the drug business by a friend and business partner. The drug was brought from Abidjan, Ivory Coast and we were to share the proceeds equally.
“Until my arrest, I never knew that the cocaine I ingested would have led to my death in Saudi Arabia. I thank God for keeping me alive.”