A Nigerian woman who is based in Spain has been arrested at the International airport in Lagos on possession of substance suspected to be cocaine.
A 46-year-old Spain-based fashion designer identified as Godfrey Rita, who allegedly trafficked a drug that tested positive for cocaine, has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) during the screening of passengers on an Emirate flight from Dubai.
It was reported that the female suspect who trafficked 1.5 kilogrammes of the substance in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on her way from Spain, packaged it in a polythene bag, before it was intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos,
Rita, who hails from Edo State, reportedly told the NDLEA she was promised N500,000 to smuggle the drug.
“I am a trainee fashion designer living in Spain. I had financial problems and I was introduced to drug trafficking by a friend. I was told a man would give me the drug while in transit in Dubai. While at the Dubai airport, a man approached me and asked if I was Rita and I said yes. He said he was from my friend, and he gave me the drug in a duty-free bag.
“I was surprised when the drug was discovered here and not in Dubai. I never checked it. I just kept it in my bag the way it was given to me. I am disappointed in myself.”
Meanwhile, the NDLEA Commander at the MMIA, Ahmadu Garba, said 63 suspected drug traffickers were arrested at the MMIA between January and June, 2016, with 484.1 kg of drugs, comprising cocaine, heroin, cannabis, methamphetamine and other psychoactive substances, adding that 46 of the suspects were males.