Alhaja Afusat Adisa Olayinka, a businesswoman, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly ingesting 80 pellets of Cocaine.
Alhaja Olayinka was to travel aboard a Qatar Airways flight to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for Umrah (lesser Hajj) via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The Director of Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi made this known in a statement.
He said the suspect claimed she trafficked the drug to get money for her In vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.
Babafemi said the suspect excreted the 80 pellets of the drug between Wednesday, when she was arrested, and Saturday, November 27, 2021.
In his statement Babafemi said, “She claimed during interviews that she saved N2.5m over a period of one year to buy the drug in bits from six different people at Akala, in the Mushin area of Lagos. The suspect further said she was trading in clothes but had to borrow N1m from three persons to make up the money used to buy the drug, adding that she spent another N1m to renew her passport, visa and buy return flight tickets.”
“She said she was encouraged to traffic the drug by a woman she met during her last Umrah trip to Saudi Arabia in 2019. She added that she needed to raise N7m for in vitro fertilization treatment due to pressure from people because she had been married for 28 years without a child due to fertility challenges.”
She has been taken into custody.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa, commended the officers of the NAIA and MMIA commands for their vigilance, he however urged them to always stay two steps ahead of the drug cartels.