A businesswoman travelling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah has excreted 80 pellets of cocaine at the Abuja airport.
The suspect, identified as Mrs. Adisa Afusat Olayinka was apprehended by the officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja on Wednesday, November 24th.
Olayinka was taken into custody during the outward clearance of Qatar Airways flight 1418 and excreted 80 pellets of cocaine between Wednesday and Saturday, 27th Nov.
The NDLEA released a statement via its spokesperson, Babafemi Femi, stating that the suspect revealed she was encouraged to trade drugs by a woman she met during last Umrah trip to Saudi Arabia.
“She claimed during interviews that she saved N2.5million over a period of one year to buy the drugs in bits from six different people at Akala, Mushin area of Lagos. The suspect further said she was trading in clothes but had to borrow N1million from three persons to make up the money used to buy the drugs, adding that she spent another N1million to renew her passport, visa and buy return flight tickets.
“She said she was encouraged to traffic the drugs by a woman she met during her last Umrah trip to Saudi Arabia in 2019. She added that she needed to raise N7million for In Vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment due to pressure from people because she’s been married for 28 years without a child due to fertility challenges.”