The National Drug law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said the Ogun State-based businesswoman, arrested by its operatives arrested for allegedly ingesting 80 pellets of cocaine has confessed to committing the crime to raise money for invitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.
The suspect, Olayinka Adisa, was travelling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah (lesser Hajj) when she was on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, arrested at the boarding screening area of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, during an outward clearance of Qatar Airways flight 1418.
In a statement by NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, on Monday, the suspect claimed she trafficked the drugs because she needed to raise money for her IVF treatment, having been childless for 28 years.
According to Obafemi: “She claimed during interviews that she saved N2.5m over a period of one year to buy the drug in bits from six different people at Akala, in the Mushin area of Lagos.
The suspect further said she was trading in clothes but had to borrow N1m from three persons to make up the money used to buy the drug, adding that she spent another N1m to renew her passport, visa and buy return flight tickets.
“She said she was encouraged to traffic the drug by a woman she met during her last Umrah trip to Saudi Arabia in 2019. She added that she needed to raise N7m for in vitro fertilization treatment due to pressure from people because she had been married for 28 years without a child due to fertility challenges.”
Obafemi also disclosed that another trafficker, Inusa Abdulrazaki was, on Friday, November 19, 2021, arrested at the Gate C Departure Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on his way to Italy via Istanbul on a Turkish airline with 101 wraps of heroin weighing 1.3kg.