A drug pusher, identified as Onyechi Esonwunne, arrested for attempting to send a luggage containing cannabis to China through an unsuspecting passenger told reporter that he was forced into dealing drugs because of Nigeria’s economic woes.
According to a Daily Post report, officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu State, made the arrest at the weekend.
Esonwunne had previously been deported twice from China – in 2008 and May 2016. The cannabis was concealed inside packs of noodles.
In his confession to newsmen, the father of four said, “Hardship and Nigeria’s bad economy forced me into drug trafficking. The exchange rate is very high and I hardly get money to take care of my family.
“My sponsor promised to pay me the sum of $5,000 to take the drug to China. But I was arrested before I could board my flight.
“I am a trader but due to the economic downturn, I turned to cannabis smuggling to cope,” he said.
Meanwhile, another suspect, 47-year-old Adibe Baloba, was caught during outward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight to China.
Spokesperson for the agency, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, in a statement, said Baloba, a clearing and forwarding agent, ingested 74 wraps of cocaine while on his way to China.
The NDLEA commander at the Enugu airport, Adeofe Adeyemi, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said the cocaine, which Baloba ingested weighed 1.417kgs, adding that investigation officers are working hard on the cases and that the suspects will soon be charged to court.
While calling on members of the public to avoid collecting consignments from people, he said it was a method widely used by drug traffickers, who target innocent passengers to smuggle drugs.
“People need to be aware of this trick because rendering such assistance may just send them to prison or worse, death. This is because drug trafficking is punishable by death in China,” Adeyemi said.