NDLEA/PUBAF/074/ VOL. V /167 June 24, 2012
Desperate Woman Inserts 66 Wraps Of Narcotics In Private Part
A 48 year-old woman, Mande Fatima Bala has set a new record in narcotic smuggling in the country. She inserted 66 wraps of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine weighing one kilogramme in her private parts as she attempted to board a Kenyan Airways flight to Nairobi. According to the Agency, no suspect has ever inserted such a large quantity of drugs in private part since the establishment of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in 1989. The suspect who is a graduate of accountancy was apprehended a week ago at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
The quantity of the drugs was so much that it affected her gait thus attracting attention of officials. Unfortunately, nemesis caught up with her when one of the wraps fell on the floor at the screening area as she bent down to pick up her belongings. Upon interrogation and examination, she confessed to the crime stating that she was asked to swallow the drug but was scared of death. In all, 66 wraps of methamphetamine with a total weight of one kilogramme was expelled from her private parts. Preliminary investigation revealed that she lived in Australia for about two years before she was deported in 2010.
NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, Hamza Umar described the case as shocking. “This is incredible. She was desperate but I am happy that she was promptly detected. No suspect has ever inserted such a large quantity of drugs in the country. Usually, cases of insertion are not more than 300 grammes. It is amazing” Hamza stated.
According to the suspect who is a widow and mother of three, it was how to pay school fees that lured her into the criminal act. “I am a widow with three children. It was 45,000 naira school fees for my child and land lord who is threatening to quit me by July for not paying my rent that pushed me into drug business. I was instructed to swallow the drugs but I was scared because I have never seen drugs in my life. I used to sell water and drinks after my husband died in an auto accident in 2007. Few years after, I lost everything and could not feed. I studied accountancy but I have never practiced” the 1992 graduate of accounting at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ife lamented.
She added that she concealed the drugs herself. In her words, “I was given the drug in a hotel. I was afraid of death because I have heard of people dying because of drug ingestion, so I decided to insert the wraps on my body. It was difficult because I could not walk normally but I have to try my best to avoid suspicion. I have nobody to take care of my children”.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Ahmadu Giade in his reaction said that everything about the suspect is disturbing. “Apart from the quantity of drugs caught with her, her route is also a new development in drug trafficking. Drug barons now adopt a relay approach to drug trafficking. They wanted to use her to take the drug to another African country before using an indigene of that country to take the drug to other continents where the profit is higher. We are not oblivious of their moves and we are prepared to nip them in the bud” Giade assured.
Mande Fatima Bala hails from Lagos Island and lives at Ijoko in Ogun State. She began her Primary education at Anglica Primary School, CMS, Lagos. Mande Fatima Bala also attended Anti Ayo Comprehensive High School Obalende, Lagos before studying accounting at Ife. She will be charged to court soon.
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