A 28-year-old woman, Augusta Onah (28), has been arrested at the Port Harcourt International Airport by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for allegedly concealing a substance believed to be cocaine in her underwear.
The NDLEA Commander at the airport, Mr. Olutekunbi Davies, told journalists on Tuesday that Onah, who resides in Italy, was arrested with 66 wraps of cocaine worth N12m on Saturday while attempting to board an Air France aircraft to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
“The most surprising aspect of her arrest is the concealment of the narcotics in her private part. This mode of concealment is very novel to us in Port Harcourt International Airport; probably, it may not be new to those in Lagos Airport,” Davies said.
Explaining that NDLEA decided to parade the suspect before journalists so that it would serve as a deterrent to other traffickers, Davies was worried that some Nigerians now see drug trafficking as a short cut to riches.
On how she got into illicit drug business, Onah said she was introduced into drug trafficking by one Helen in Benin, the Edo State capital.
“It was my old-time friend, Helen, that gave them to me in Benin. She (Helen) lives in Frankfurt, Germany. She wanted to assist me because I told her I was having some financial problems,” she said.
The suspect, who said she had spent four years in Italy, added that Helen had promised to give her financial assistance if she could deliver the drugs in France.
Meanwhile, there was pandemonium in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday as some hoodlums at a motor park on Ajilosun Road fought officials of the NDLEA who invaded the park in search of drug peddlers.
After making some arrests, some hoodlums blocked the road and prevented the NDLEA officials from going away with those arrested.
Sources told journalists that the officials shot into the air and two people were injured by stray bullets.
But the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Babayemi, told our correspondent on the telephone that nobody was injured.
He said, “It was true that NDLEA raided the motor park but they didn’t fire any shot and nobody sustained gunshot injury.
“What happened was that after they had raided the place, some persons stopped them from going away with those arrested. In the process of blocking them, two of the people sustained injuries but not gunshot wounds. They have been treated and discharged from the hospital. It was minor injuries.”
Babayemi added that the NDLEA officials called the police when the situation was getting out of hand.