The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has apprehended one Anukaenyi Bob-Manuel Ogochukwu who arrived the Muhammed International Airport with heroin wraps in his body.
NDLEA spokesman, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju said that the arrest took place after the suspect tested positive for narcotic ingestion.
According to him, the suspect arrived on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Nairobi.
He said the suspect was carrying 66 wraps of heroin, weighing 1.115kg.
Ogochukwu said he carried drugs to save his son who is on sick bed in Nairobi.
“I teach in a computer school at Onitsha, Anambra State,” he said.
“This is my very first time of having anything to do with drugs. I smuggled drugs to save my sick child. The doctor said that my child has a hole in the heart. I met many people for help, but nobody was willing to help me except a drug baron.”
Ogochukwu said drug barons from Tanzania offered him $2,000 to smuggle the heroin from Kenya to Nigeria.
Col Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, Chief Executive of the NDLEA said there is no excuse for committing crime, saying that the suspect would be charged to court for further prosecution.
“Drug trafficking is a criminal offence and the suspect will be charged accordingly,” Abdallah said.
“The suspect’s action only complicated his condition because he is here facing a criminal charge while the responsibility of taking care of his sick son now rest solely on the wife.”