How Nigerian pilgrim excreted ‘N10m’

The 55-year-old female pilgrim, Binuyo Basira Iyabo arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) last week, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has excreted the remaining wraps of cocaine she ingested.

The suspect, excreted the six remaining wraps bringing the total to 82 wraps of cocaine weighing 931 grammes with a street value estimated at N10 million.

The suspect was arrested last week during the outward screening of passengers at the Abuja airport.

She was on her way to Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage.

Describing  her action as shameful and discreditable, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallahi, said, “It is a shameful and discreditable act for a 55-year-old mother, going on holy pilgrimage, to ingest narcotics. This is shocking and a clear indication of her inability to effectively discharge parental responsibility. The agency shall invoke the powers of the law against her and others caught indulging in production/trafficking in narcotic drugs”.

During interrogation, the suspect, a mother of three from Irepodun local government area of Kwara State, was said to have revealed that she was offered N1m to traffic the drug.

She said, “I am a trader in Lagos, married with three children. I wanted to expand my cosmetic business but I have no money. My sponsor offered to foot my expenses to Saudi on pilgrimage. This was how I got involved in the act. I was excited until the issue of drugs was introduced. I wanted to decline but it was late. Besides, I was offered a million naira which I accepted. I swallowed the drug in Lagos and took a flight to Abuja on my way to Medina but I was caught in the process”.

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