Saudi-bound Nigerian pilgrim excretes 76 cocaine wraps

seven wraps of cocaine inserted inside anus

A pilgrim heading to Medina, Saudi Arabia, to perform the annual pilgrimage has tested positive to narcotic ingestion at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said in a statement Friday.

Basira Binuyo, 55, was arrested during the outward screening of passengers on an Emirate flight to Medina through Dubai.

“She has so far excreted 76 pellets of drugs that tested positive for cocaine,” said Hamisu Lawan, NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport.

“Meanwhile, she is still under observation until the drugs are completely expelled.”

Mrs. Binuyo hails from Irepodun local government area of Kwara State and is married with three children.

Mrs. Binuyo, a trader at Dosumu market, Lagos, was quoted as saying she needed money to expand her business.

“I wanted to expand my cosmetic business but I have no money,”she said. “My sponsor offered to foot my expenses to Saudi on pilgrimage. I was excited until I was asked to take drugs along.

“I wanted to decline but considering the offer of a million naira, I accepted. I swallowed the drugs in Lagos and took flight to Abuja on my way to Medina but I was caught in the process.”

mrs binuyo basira iyabo
Binuyo Basira Iyabo

The NDLEA said it also intercepted Henry Okpalanem, a 37-year-old father of three, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, who had inserted seven wraps of cocaine weighing 355 grammes into his anus.

Both suspects were going to Saudi Arabia and China respectively where drug trafficking is punishable by death.

Mr. Okpalanem was apprehended during an outward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight to Hong Kong, China through Addis Ababa.

Ahmadu Garba, NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, said the suspect, who hails from Imo State, holds a dual citizenship of Nigeria and Mali.

“The name on his passport is Diara Sauduo while his Nigerian name is Okpalanem Henry,” said Mr. Garba.

“The case is under investigation.”

The NDLEA said the suspect did not show any remorse upon his arrest.

“I know that there is capital punishment for drug trafficking in China but I was optimistic of safe passage,” Mr. Okpalanem had told NDLEA investigators.

“Unfortunately, I was caught with only seven wraps. Maybe that is my destiny.”

Muhammad Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman, said the arrests were commendable.

“We will continue to be on the alert in protecting all exit and entry points from drug trafficking organisations,” said Mr. Abdullah, a retired colonel.

“I am glad that the suspects were arrested here thus preventing them from untimely death and also protecting the image of our country from disrepute.”

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  • George

    Useless Muslims they voted for evil man now they want quick money.

    God will surely disgrace them all yeye Yorubas I hate them all

    • amazing2012

      …then you hate you made them. Because they never made themselves Yorubas, God did !
      While if crime is to be associated with leadership then who made your evil and cursed tribe to be famous in drug trafficking ?

      • Nobody’sPuppet

        I think that the Yoruba fools on this forum always accuse Igbos of drug trafficking. Where does this shameless woman hail from. A married woman with kids for that matter. There’s no doubt she also sleeps with other men to expand her business. If she has gone and returned successfully, the next thing is owanbe and not her business. Ole buruku.

        • deansmart

          Look at this silly daft canibals .You need to stop feeding on human flesh cos it makes your haterade instincts worse..evil kids of biafraud.

          • Nobody’sPuppet

            Maybe you have been bewitched in Ijebu .

    • Olu-Lion

      Bad comment, its about the individual, not the tribe or religion, the Imo guy i suspect is a Christian

    • Truthometer

      She was sponsored by an Ibo man. By the way, who is Henry Okpalanem? Hail Biafra!

    • Jika

      I am sure the other fellow called George who is from Imo state,is not Yoruba neither is he a Muslim and,most certainly did not vote ‘evil man’.What is your take on that? Crime and criminality does not have religion or tribe.It can be found in any race and creed.As for your hatred for the Yorubas,I have news for you; the Yorubas have been around before your parents had a sexual misadventure that resulted in a pathetic product that is you.The Yorubas will also be here long after your miserable and hate-filled life comes to a disastrous end.Deal with it.By the way,I am not Yoruba,but I abhor tribal and religious bigots like you.Shame.

      • Nobody’sPuppet

        “Crime and criminality does not have religion or tribe”
        But that’s what Yoruba fools make it to look like. Drug trafficking according to them is for the Igbo tribe. They have crime statistics on drug trafficking, yahoo yorufools, Internet scammers, prostitutions etc. Ask them what they do with those statistics. They use it to draw their next map of crime

    • Elbash

      This is how a product of baby factory displays their stupidity. Why cant u attack the person involved, but religion. U pass through school but no indication that school pass through u. Visit punch online and other media to see the extent of damage caused by ur so-called men of God. We dont always share these stories because we have well respected Xtains as friends and therefore respect their religion……….Grow up!

      • Deji

        Don’t dignify such bastards with a response

  • North/West Allies

    I thought it’s only Igbo’s who traffic narcotics, mtweeeeeeeeeeee!

  • Engineer

    She for don die for Saudi if dem no catch am for Naija here …

  • thusspokez

    “I wanted to decline but considering the offer of a million naira, I accepted. I swallowed the drugs in Lagos and took flight to Abuja on my way to Medina but I was caught in the process.”

    Aha! The Lagos connection. It would seem that 80% of Nigeria’s crimes has link to Lagos. All Nigeria’s international scammers, looters are based in Lagos. Lagos is fast making a name for itself as the crime capital of the world. I wonder when the Lagos state and federal governments are going to stamp down hard on crimes of Lagos origin.

    • persona

      Criminals abound everywhere, while one departed from Lagos to Abuja, another tried exiting from Lagos. It shows to me that law enforcement is active in Lagos and likely why the woman tried to exit from Abuja and the man who tried passing from Lagos was caught. In a city of 20m people, the good, the bad and the ugly will co-exist and so is it in every major city of the world; Duabi, Lagos, NY, London, etc. Bottom line, Lagos as a state doesn’t give tacit support for the crimes to thrive, the state has done more to safe guard all residents than any state in the country.

  • thusspokez

    “I wanted to expand my cosmetic business but I have no money,”she said. “My sponsor offered to foot my expenses to Saudi on pilgrimage. I was excited until I was asked to take drugs along.

    This is a good enough reason for me, albeit is it still a crime. I hope that the mother-of-three only gets a light or non custodial sentence.

  • AHOT

    Both of you should thank God that you were caught in Naija where there is no death penalty for your mutual offence.
    Perhaps God is giving you both the chance to repent because if you had succeeded in landing at your respective destinations with those stuffs, it would have been a different story.

  • obiora

    Ahla- hakuba.

  • OOkkoossiissii

    Yet these pligrims are beneficiaries of dollars rates which genuine manufactures have no access to. Down with the zoo!