Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Lagos State have arrested two male drug traffickers identified as 44-year-old Okonkwo Francis Okechukwu, and Ifedigbo Chinedu Lucky, 37, for being in possession of 700 grams of cocaine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.
The suspects were arrested during the inward screening of passengers on a Royal Air Maroc flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil through Casablanca, Morocco.
In order to evade arrest, the suspects inserted seven wraps of cocaine each weighing 350 grams into their alimentary canals.
One of the traffickers, Okechukwu, said to be married with two kids told reporters at the airport that he was forced into the illicit business by frustration, adding that his sponsors promised him N500 thousand.
According to him, "I was stranded in Brazil, where I worked as a waiter in a restaurant for two years. Life was awful as I was struggling daily just to feed myself. When I was contacted to smuggle cocaine to Nigeria, I was very happy because it was an opportunity to return home. My sponsor also promised to pay me half a million Naira with which I had planned to start a business."