Two married women have been arrested by the NDLEA for attempting to traffic drugs out of the country via their private parts.
Two middle aged women, one of them a mother of seven, were nabbed by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), with 2.635kg of cocaine packed inside their private parts at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to China.
The women, Deborah Uzoma Alaka, 47, was found with 1.180kg of the drug, with 260 grams of cocaine stuffed in her private part, while also ingesting 60 wraps weighing 920 grams, while 45-years-old Priscilla Chinyere Chukwujekwu, had 1.455kg of the dangerous drug on her with 59 wraps found on her body, while she inserted one parcel in her private part weighing 1.285kg and ingested 10 wraps weighing 170 grams.
Alaka, the mother of seven, while confessing to officials of the NDLEA, said she started selling bags and shoes after her husband abandoned her with their children and the pressure of fending for her kids and paying rent and other bills forced her to smuggle drugs.
"I took loan to travel to China and in the process I incurred huge debt which compounded my problems. At a point, I had no money for food, school fees and even house rent. This was what made me to smuggle drugs. I swallowed 59 wraps of drugs all through the night because of $6,000.
I also packed some in my underwear and one in my private part. It was a terrible experience. I feel so sad that I have to end up this way as a Christian."
For Chukwujekwu, her decision to partake in the illicit trade came when her soldier husband left her 10 years ago and she had to take the measure so as to take care of her children.
"I got married early because there was no money for me to further my studies after my primary education. My husband who is a retired soldier abandoned me 10 years ago. Since then my life has been sorrowful. I sell female clothes and shoes to take care of my children.
I met a man at the market who promised to assist me in my business by making me an importer.
This was how we began to talk on phone. He gives me recharge cards and money to sustain myself. It was the day I was to travel that he told me that I will take drugs to China. He took me to a hotel where I was given the drugs and $6,000 to buy my goods in China.
I could only swallow 10 wraps, so I forced others into my private part and packed others in my underwear."
The NDLEA Media and Publicity Head, Mitchell Ofoyeju, however said that the agency practically prevented the women from sure death as the penalty for drug trafficking in the Asian country is execution.
"The arrest has prevented the housewives from arrest and execution in China a few weeks after the Indonesian Government executed some Nigerians for drug trafficking."