How my friend tricked me into trafficking drug — Suspect

A “shocked” South African-based Nigerian has told officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency he was implicated by his friend after parcels of drug that tested positive to methamphetamine were found in his luggage.

Abiodun Banjo, 45, was arrested during the outward screening of passengers on a South African Airline flight to South Africa.

The parcels of drug weighed 3.435 kilogrammes with a street value of N31 million in Nigeria, the NDLEA said.

The suspect, a graduate of Technical College, Ijebu-Ode, and hails from Osun State said the bags were given to him by a friend in South Africa.

“My friend in South Africa called me that his brother will give me two bags containing foodstuff to take to him,” said Mr. Banjo, who said he works in Pretoria and had been living in the country since 2012.

“He also promised to give me $2,000. I opened the bags and checked thoroughly but could not find anything criminal that was how I accepted to take the bags but I was surprised when the drug was detected under the bags.

“I feel very sad that my friend has implicated me.”

Ahmadu Garba, NDLEA Commander at the Abuja airport, said the drug was detected during a routine check on the passengers.

“Two bags belonging to one Abiodun Israel Banjo, 45 years old, were found to contain parcels of methamphetamine,” said Mr. Garba. abioduns-bag-showing-foodstuff-and-personal-effects

“Inside the bags were food ingredients and clothes but underneath was a thin parcel of narcotics carefully concealed. He was immediately arrested and investigation is on-going.”

Muhammad Abdallah, Chairman of NDLEA, called on members of the public to be aware of tricks employed by drug trafficking cartels.

“Drug traffickers recruit mules by enticing them with money,” said Mr. Abdallah, a retired colonel.

“They are very clever in concealing drugs as drugs have been detected in bags, electronics, foodstuff and clothes among others.

“We strongly advise that all passengers should endeavour to pack their bags themselves and avoid taking bags for others.”

The NDLEA boss said ignorance is no excuse in drug trafficking and the suspect shall be charged for unlawful exportation of narcotics.

“A person shall be deemed to have exported a narcotic drug or psychotropic substance under this NDLEA Act; if he brings to or deposits the narcotic drug or psychotropic substance concerned at any time at any customs area such as airports, customs port or any other customs point generally.”

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

 

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate

Ben Ezeamalu is an Assistant Managing Editor and the Head of Lagos Operations/Metro Editor at PREMIUM TIMES. A graduate of Microbiology from the University of Jos, Ben won the 2015 Africa Fact-Check Awards and was a runner-up in the 2014 CNN/Multichoice African Journalists of the Year.

Twitter: @callmebenfigo.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: New Discovery! Click Here To See A Miracle Device That Can Cure DIABETES, BLOOD PRESSURE, STROKE, ARTHRITIS, PAINS, OBESITY And 50 Other CHRONIC DISEASES Without Drugs Or Herbs.. Click Here Now To See It


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.