Pregnant Woman Arrested for Ingesting Drugs Before Boarding Plane
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a pregnant woman, Ms. Esoche, and four other suspects for attempting to smuggle 6.3kg of narcotics, according to a Next article.
The pregnant suspect was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos for ingesting cocaine while trying to board an Alitalia flight to Rome. She also excreted 27 wraps of the drugs weighing 350g.
“Apart from Chukwuemeka Kingsley that ingested 1.4kg of heroin, Esohe and three others were smuggling 4.8kg of cocaine when they were caught,” said Mitchell Ofoyeju, spokesperson for the agency in a statement.
According to Hamza Umar, MMIA commander for the agency, the suspect’s actions demonstrated no respect for life. He described the act as “weird.” He noted that the suspects did not respect the dignity of their children and that this is the height of desperation by drug barons and their associates.
Four other suspects apprehended included Arovo Moses, 42, who ingested 1.7kg of cocaine; Darlington Nwanwere, 48, ingested 1.3kg of cocaine; Okeke Anthony, 46, who ingested 1.46kg cocaine; and Chukwuemeka Kingsley, 34, who ingested 1.4kg heroin.
Ms. Esohe shared that she had been rejected by the man who impregnated her, claiming she had to fend for herself in order to survive. She agreed to smuggle the drugs on the promise of 2,000 Euros. She claimed she needed the money to take care of herself and her unborn baby.
Okeke, a trader and father of three was said to be paid 4,000 pounds and was arrested on March 19 during screening of passengers on a Virgin Atlantic flight to London. Kingsley, the only one to have ingested heroin, was arrested for swallowing 95 wraps of the substance before boarding a plane. Kingsley was set to be paid 5,000 Euros.