30-year-old Nnaji Juliet Ijeoma from Enugu State was arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) on Friday 21 October 2016.
According to official information available to Somtoo Okoye blog, the hairstylist had arrived from Brazil on a South African Airways flight before she was apprehended with 535 grams of a substance that tested positive to cocaine. The substance was concealed inside her bra.
Ijeoma said she was a hairstylist by profession and that her sponsor promised her the sum of 1 million naira on delivery of the hard drugs.
The National Diploma graduate of Mass Communication narrated:
“I work as a hair stylist in Brazil where l reside for the past two years. I studied mass communication, but because of lack of job, I work as a hair stylist in Brazil. I was approached to smuggle cocaine to Nigeria and I accepted because of the money involved.
“I needed money for my personal problem. The drug was prepared inside brassiere and given to me to put on. I did not know how it was packaged. My role was to smuggle the drug to Nigeria and collect the sum of N1 million.”
Confirming the incident, chief executive of NDLEA, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, said:
“It is obvious that drug traffickers are getting desperate, but we are prepared to counter their operations through superior intelligence.
“The discovery of the drug was a big surprise to the suspect because she felt her mode of concealment was full proof. l want drug traffickers to note that no matter how smart they conceal their drugs, we shall detect them.”