A Brazil-based Nigerian woman, Mrs. Anita Ugochinyere Ogbonna, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, with 100 pellets of cocaine concealed in her private part and handbag.
Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA , Mr Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said the mother of three was arrested, on Friday night, on arrival in Abuja, via Qatar Air, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, through Doha.
Babafemi stated: “Upon a proper search, 12 wraps of cocaine inserted in her private part were extracted while another 88 pellets stuffed in socks were discovered hidden in her handbag.
“During interrogation, Mrs. Ogbonna, who is a mother of three children, all resident in Brazil, claimed she lost her husband three years ago. She confessed she decided to traffic the illicit drug to raise money for the burial of her father scheduled for 22nd July, in Imo state. She said one Emeka, alias KC, also based in Brazil, gave her the drug to deliver in Nigeria for a fee of $3,000. She said she pushed the wraps of cocaine into her private part after her attempts to swallow the pellets failed.”
The suspect, who owns a shop where she sells African foodstuffs in Brazil, further claimed she had to drop her three young children with a Kenyan lady, who is her neighbour in Brazil, before she embarked on the quick-money-journey.