A 34-year-old housewife, Ngozi Nsofor, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for attempting to export 195 grammes of heroin to her husband in Liberia.
The drug was allegedly concealed inside a bag of female artificial hair and was intercepted on Tuesday during a search of luggage to Monrovia via an Arik flight at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
A mother of five, Nsofor said the bag was sent to her by her husband. She claimed ignorance of the heroin that was found hidden in the bag.
She said, “My husband called me from Liberia, where he lives, that somebody will give me a bag. He told me to buy female artificial hair, put in the bag and send it back to him.
“I bought the hair attachment as instructed by my husband. This is not my first time of sending goods to my husband. Unfortunately, heroin was discovered in the bag during a search by officers at the airport. I was shocked at the discovery. I ought to be preparing for my New Year celebration back home, but I am here writing a statement.”
NDLEA Lagos Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, said, “The artificial hair was a distraction because the heroin was industrially concealed in a false bottom of the bag. It took the experience of the officers to have detected the drug. Preliminary investigation indicates that it is a family business. The suspect will soon be charged to court.”
Chairman of the NDLEA, Mr.Ahmadu Giade, described the development as sad.
He said, “It is sad that a married couple can be involved in drug trafficking. What legacy are they bequeathing to their children? Parents must live by example because they have a responsibility to inculcate discipline in their children. Efforts are ongoing to determine the role of the husband in this matter.”