A man has been arrested after excreting cocaine which he tried to smuggle in from Brazil
Celestine Ikechukwu Okonkwo, 39, a suspected drug trafficker, has narrated his story at the hands of drug barons who sponsored his Brazil trip under the guise of a white collar job.
The suspect, who used to sell used clothes at Idumota market, said he was promised mouth-watering job opportunities here in Nigeria but suffered untold hardship before he was lured into drug trafficking.
The NDLEA commander at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Mr. Hamisu Lawan, said the suspect tested positive for cocaine ingestion.
“The suspect tested positive to drug ingestion while returning from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He later excreted 70 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.326kg,” Hamisu said.
The suspect said to the NDLEA officials:
“I was in my shop at Idumota market where I sell used clothes. I will never forget the day a young man came to my shop to buy shirt.
He told me he is from Anambra and that he lives in Brazil. He also promised to help me with a good job opportunity over there. Honestly, I was excited and felt it was answer to my age long prayer. He collected my phone number and left. This was how it all started.
After three months, the man called me that he was back to Nigeria. He prepared my international passport and also secured a visa for me. Then he told me to get set to travel any time. Few weeks later, he brought my ticket and I travelled to Brazil in January 2015. He gave me the name of the hotel where I will stay pending when he will get me a job. I was eventually abandoned to suffer.
When I exhausted my money, I began to sleep in a church. I also began to work for a Nigerian woman who owns a restaurant in order not to starve to death."