It was the end of the road for two suspected female drug traffickers, Chizoba Mbonu and Modinat Alake Abdulrasaq, as their quest for fast money ended with their arrest by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), while trying to export substances suspected to be cocaine and cannabis to India and China respectively.
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The women were arrested at the departure wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, in connection with the Mbonu, a second time offender, being in possession of 7 kilograms of cannabis as she was about to board a flight to China while the India bound Abdulrasaq was caught with 4.450kg of cocaine.
The drug bursting agency noted that Mbonu, a mother of two, had been arrested for the same offence in 2013 and had a pending case at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi.
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But the suspect said the drug was given to her by a client who asked her to help deliver to someone in China:
“I accept blame for not checking the bag carefully when a client gave it to me. My job is risky because we assist people in clearing cargoes. I feel bad that this is happening to me when the first case is still on.”
45-year-old Abdulrasaq, an indigene of Kwara State, confessed that it was her quest to settle her medical bills made her venture into the illicit business.
“I was married but later separated. I am the only person taking care of myself. My business was booming before I had a health challenge. I used to buy clothes from India and Dubai for supply in Lagos since 2011.
My problem started when the doctor said I need to do a surgical operation costing $5,000. Before now, I have spent my money on medical bills in hospitals. That was how I met a man in India during my last visit who promised to pay for my medical expenses.
He also told me to take a bag of cocaine to India. It was all about regaining my health but I never knew it will end this way.”