by Isi Esene
Grace Beji, a 47-year-old woman based in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State has been arrested for concealing 1kg of methamphetamine in her underwear while preparing for a flight to Malaysia.
She was about boarding an Egypt Airline flight when vigilant men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) stationed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, uncovered her antics.
According to the NDLEA MMIA Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, Grace Beji was arrested during the screening of passengers at the airport.
“The suspect was caught during routine check of passengers. This is our contribution towards the prevention of drug trafficking and abuse in our country,” Hamza stated.
Your ‘contribution’? Okay.
According to the Punch Newspapers, Beji, who is a single mother of three children said, “I agreed to smuggle the drugs because they promised to pay me $3,000. I blame myself because I wanted quick money. To me the money was an additional profit to my trading business. I was given the drug to swallow, but I could not ingest it for fear that it may burst so I hid it in my underwear.
“It was a momentary temptation that overwhelmed me. I was devastated when the drug was discovered by the NDLEA officers during screening. I was reasonably ignorant of the gravity of the offence. I was assured an easy passage. They did not say that I could be arrested.”
And they apparently didn’t tell her that airport body scanners see through outer clothes too.
While reacting to the seizure, the NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, declared that “Each time we seize drugs and arrest drug suspects it takes us closer towards attaining our drug-free mark.
“We must continue to do our best to create a drug-free society for all in the country. Stakeholders should equally lend their supporting hand because no Agency or country can win the battle alone,” Giade added.
She will be arraigned as soon as investigations into her case is concluded.