Two Nigerian women arrested for alleged drug trafficking


Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) say the agency has foiled attempts by two women to unlawfully export narcotic drugs to New York, United States and Medina, Saudi Arabia. 

The suspects allegedly ingested 108 wraps of substances that tested positive for heroin and cocaine during the outward screening of passengers at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

The suspects blamed their involvement in drug trafficking on financial hardship, the NDLEA said in a statement on Saturday.

The anti-narcotics agency said its preliminary investigation revealed that this was the first time a 60 year old woman would ingest 83 wraps of narcotics.

“In addition, the second suspect was going to Saudi Arabia where drug trafficking attracts capital punishment. Her timely arrest at the Lagos airport by the Nigerian anti-narcotics officers have saved her from the ordeals of painful and ignoble death in a foreign country,” the agency added.

Ahmadu Garba, the NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, gave the names of the suspected drug traffickers as Adebayo Ebunoluwa Mercy, 60, found to have ingested 83 wraps of heroin weighing 1.105kg on her way to the United States and Amodu Ayisat Grace, 59, that ingested 25 wraps of cocaine weighing 275 grammes on her way to Saudi Arabia.

“Adebayo Ebunoluwa Mercy was arrested while boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York while Amodu Ayisat Grace was caught trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight on her way to Medina, Saudi Arabia. The cases are under investigation,” said Mr. Garba.

One of the suspects, Mrs. Adebayo, who sells provision at Ikorodu, Lagos, said her involvement in drug trafficking was an afterthought.

“I am a divorcee selling provision for survival,” Mrs. Adebayo, who hails from Kogi State, said.

“Things became rough and tough for me when I lost my capital due to family problems. It has been my dream to travel to the United States in search of greener pastures.

“My intention when I got my visa last year was to go and work to take care of my needs without being a burden to anyone. Everything changed suddenly when I met an old friend at a party. They took care of my travel expenses and gave me $3,000 with a promise to assist me secure a job in the United States.

“It was few hours to my journey that they brought the drugs for me to swallow. They said that it was my contribution for the kindness and money spent on my trip but it turned out to be my biggest mistake.”

In her statement to NDLEA investigators, Mrs. Amodu said as a muslim she was glad to travel to Saudi Arabia but her journey terminated at the NDLEA office.

“I was happy when they offered to sponsor my trip to Saudi Arabia but I never knew it will end in my detention,” said the Lagos-born trader.

“I sell fufu (staple food from cassava) to take care of my four children as a widow and this has been very challenging. They enticed me with a visit to Saudi Arabia and a handsome reward and I fell for trick.

“I only swallowed 25 wraps of the drug. Unfortunately I could not get to Saudi Arabia because of my arrest.”

Muhammad Abdallah, the NDLEA Chairman, said it is shocking and shameful for grandmothers to be involved in drug trafficking.

“This move by drug cartels to recruit grandmothers as mules is very disturbing, shocking and shameful,” he said.

“The moral emptiness exhibited by the suspects must be condemned by all. A situation where grandmothers have become a bad influence on their children and grandchildren is highly regrettable.”


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  • Rtd Col. Wusasa Mariam

    These people j must not be allowed to encroach on Igbo territory again.
    Good try though.
    They slapped Otile in the face with such boldness. Never again!!!!

    • Otile

      I used to respect you and your comments, but when I saw the insidious hatred you have for us in SS SE I changed my mind. Dishonest traitor, you cannot rap this disgraceful drug deal around my neck, because I am glad PT made it clear that the shameless ex whores involved in the abortive drug deal are your aunties. Cover your face_idiot. By the way, what happened to you lately, are you far gone in dementia or what? You comments show how far you have deteriorated. Pathetic. ISIS Colonel my foot.

    • Netanyahu

      Do we need to remind you that we know how you package filthy, smelling physically challenged old men and women, load them with hard drugs and sponsor them to hajj in Saudi Arabia? Since the Saudi authorities found out your tricks, have we heard of thousands of such unfortunate Nigerians abandoned in Saudi Arabia after hajj? You are so wicked that you use them to ferry drugs to Saudi Arabia and abandon them right there at the airport. The Saudis will return them in a cargo plane and surcharge the federal government heavily. Of course there is always free oil money to settle such bills. Can you cover the moon with your finger? The answer is no, even though you will foolishly continue to try.

  • Wale

    Adebayo Ebunoluwa Mercy.
    Amodu Ayisat Grace.
    Still laughing, Fake passports; fake names.

    • Netanyahu


    • Julius

      Yes, I have the same reactions…they are both Igbos. This won’t be the 1st time they do this and I’m afraid it won’t be the last.

  • Easy

    A tribe that lives in self denial all the time. Even their grand mothers are in the business. Yoruba people come and carry your grand mothers ooo

    • kevenreal

      As soon as I saw those bleached faces, I knew it was Yoruba grand mothers. What would make an 65 years old grand mother to swallow cocaine if not greed and love of money. Yorubas has proven that they can do anything for money. The daily steam of news of human sacrifice, ritual killings and ritual rape in Ogun state, Osun state and Lagos state shows that Yoruba ethnic group is in the full grip of Satan. What a shame.

      The arrow heads of these evils are their mega pastors. People like Adeboye is so evil that he scams the cripple, job-seekers, the rich, the poor, the sick and even mental health patients.

      Everyday he tells this story of a cleaner who donated his last 50 pounds to him and has become CEO of 30 cleaning companies in U.K. within one year. He has many versions of this lie. Another one was a nursery school teacher that gave him 5000 naira and become owner of 20 schools in 2 years.

      Why this Adeboye story is essential is for us to understand why Yorubas are good at pastor business. They are good at it because it is built on lies. Anything that involves telling lies, they are good. Take a look at Ibadan to Lagos motorway and see them lined up, and busy scamming hard working people with their lies every day. The biggest mugs are the Igbos, they even make the highest donations.

      This 2 Yoruba grandmothers are the true pictures of Yoruba land, not Adeboye and his cheap safari coat meant to deceive you.

      • Julius

        So the Igbo fake pastor caught with 13 underage girls as sex slaves in Lagos was a ‘good’ pastor ?

    • Julius

      Do you know how many Igbos have been caught trying to export and import drugs at the airports this year alone ? The ration is more like 5-1 to any other groups in the country. Abi na lie ?

  • Julius

    They should stop doing these criminals any favour. Let them go and inform the drug law enforcement officers in those countries that they are coming. This is the only way these nonsense will stop. It’s obvious they are not afraid of what could happen to them. The old lady should die in prison.