A 33-year-old trader, Umeme Lotachukwu Fabian, who was arrest­ed by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agen­cy (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Air­port Lagos, with drugs suspect­ed to be methamphetamine, has blamed his indulgence on the need to raise money for his wedding. The dugs weighed weighing 1.205kg.
The suspect who was trav­elling to Soekarno-Hatta In­ternational Airport, Jakarta, Indonesia, claimed he was an Ivorian.
He was arrested while at­tempting to board a Qatar Air­ways flight to Indonesia with a Cote d’lvoire international passport bearing the name Grou Bi Clauvis.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Gar­ba, however, said that during investigation, it was revealed that the suspect hailed from Anambra State with the name Umeme Lotachukwu Fabian.
In his statement, the suspect disclosed that he was offered $5,000 to smuggle the drugs to Indonesia.
“I am the only son of my parents. I wanted to invest the money in my clothes business and also commence prepara­tion for my marriage in a bid to settle down in life. They of­fered me $5,000 to smuggle the drugs to Indonesia”, he stated.
Fabian explained that he was not aware that drug trafficking attracts capital punishment in Indonesia.
• IDPs working on the farm supported by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a means of restoring agricultural assets of IDPs, returnees and vulnerable host families in Maiduguri. - The Authority