by Mayowa Aboah
A 35-year-old refrigerator dealer, identified as Alinnor Celestine, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for smuggling 1.1kg of substances that tested positive for cocaine to Germany.
The suspect, who had ingested sixty wraps of narcotics, was caught at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos with the help of scanning machine during the outward screening of Turkish Airline passengers.
According to Hamza Umar, the NDLEA commander at the airport, the suspect was to deliver the drugs in Frankfurt, Germany.
“The suspect who tested positive for drug ingestion was to deliver the cocaine at Frankfurt. While under observation, he excreted 60 wraps of white powdery substances that tested positive for cocaine weighing 1.1kg,” he said.
In defence of his actions, the suspect said he was in the business only to sustain his family.
“My name is Alinnor Celestine from Imo State. I attended Community High School Aba, Imo State and could not further my education due to lack of money. I am married with three children and sell refrigerator parts in Lagos.
My goods got lost on transit and I am yet to recover financially.
I was looking for assistance when I was introduced to drug smuggling. It was my last resort to sustain my family. They assured me that I will not be caught and also promised to pay me the sum of 3,000 Euros. Everything is like a dream to me now.”
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade urged Nigerians to shun drug trafficking and report drug cases to the nearest NDLEA office.