Why we went into drug trafficking – Suspects confess (PICTURED)

by Anike Jacobs

A 48 year old man, Chukwuenyem Obi, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) attached to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, for smuggling.

In his statement to investigators, the suspect who was apprehended alongside a mother of seven, Ifeoma Ezeano and two others – Gilbert Kelvin and Michael Okafor– with narcotics weighing 41.6 kilogrammes worth N374.6m, said he took to drug trafficking to send his three children to school.

“I struggle to feed my family by selling foodstuffs. At present, my capital is so small that the business is almost moribund. A friend introduced me to drug trafficking. He promised to pay me 15,000 South African rand. My children are out of school because of my inability to pay their tuition. This is my first time of dealing in drugs and I regret everything. I pray to be out of this problem.”

The other suspects also told pathetic stories.

Ezeano, who sold foodstuffs in South Africa said, “I have seven children and I take care of them from the sales of foodstuffs. I came to Nigeria to buy foodstuffs like melon, vegetables and other local spices.

There is a man in South Africa that I went to request financial assistance to enable me expand my business. He called me that somebody would give me some food items for him. When I got to the airport, NDLEA officers detected methamphetamine in the package given to me by the man.”

Okafor, a 44-year-old music producer, who was based in Asaba, Delta State said “I am a music producer. I travelled to Brazil to promote my music. I had a successful deal but on my way back, I accepted a bag from a friend I met in Sao Paulo to take to Nigeria. When I got here, 29 out of the 34 sealants were found to contain cocaine. This is a major setback for my career.”

Oh well, we bet Chukwu and the other suspects didn’t know there are decent jobs that could get them money to send their wards to school.

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