The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested Odeyemi Ayodeji, 51, for for attempting to smuggle a 3.870 kilogramme of methamphetamine to Nairobi, Kenya.
Methamphetamine (also known as Ice or Meth) is a solid, sour and powdery substance which could be dissolved in water or alcohol.
This arrest was confirmed by the NDLEA spokesman, Michelle Ofoyeju, who disclosed that the suspect was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos during the outward screening of passengers on board.
The Commander of the agency at the Lagos Airport, Mr Hamza Umar, who confirmed the arrest to a news correspondent, added that the drug was found inside Odeyemi’s luggage.
The suspect claimed he went into drug trafficking business so as to fend for his family.
“I could not sleep because of debts. As a result of my condition, one of my wives has gone to live with her parents. I would have made a profit of $15,000 from selling the drug in Nairobi. I intended paying my debt and starting a business with the profit. Kindly help me, I am married to two wives with three children,” he said.
“I would have made a profit of $15,000 (N2.5m) which I would use to set up a business,” he added
However, the Chairman of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, has called for severe punishment to discourage people from drug trafficking.
He said, “Getting money from drug trafficking is criminal and must be discouraged. We need stiffer punishment to deter people from it. The pain of spending 15 years in prison will prevent more people from getting involved in drug smuggling.”
“‘The suspect would soon be charged to court,” he added.