A mother of three has lamented how her husband planted drugs on her.
Rashidat Abdulkarim, a 38-year-old mother of three, is lamenting why fate should deal her such a hard blow in life with a husband who not only abandoned her, but wanted to use her as a drug courier.
Abdulkarim was arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), while attempting to export 2.04kg of cannabis concealed in cartons of Knorr seasoning cubes, to South Africa.
The suspect, a petty trader, who claimed her innocence in the illicit drug trade, told the operatives that her husband who lives in South Africa, sent her money to buy textile materials and some food items and send to him through a friend who was supposed to add seasoning items and herbal medicine to the items.
“I’m in shock and pain that my husband is behind my problem. My husband sent N28, 000 to buy locally made textiles. He also told me that a man will bring food seasoning and herbal medicines to me.
I bought the textiles and added it to the seasoning bought by the man. On getting to the airport, drug was found inside the carton of seasoning.
I struggle to fend for myself and my three children. Even before my husband travelled to South Africa, he left me with the upkeep of the family. I have suffered so much financial neglect. I have never smuggled drugs all my life. He had done the worst!”
The MMIA NDLEA Commander, Hamza Umar, said the drug was seized at the cargo section of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO).
“The seizure was made during routine screening of goods at the cargo section. During a careful search, 2.04kg of cannabis was found to be concealed in a carton of knorr seasoning.
Other items in the luggage are local textiles and herbal medicines. The consignor was immediately arrested following the discovery of the cannabis.”