Grandmother arrested at Lagos airport for alleged cocaine smuggling

Odeyemi Omolara Morayo

A 57-year-old grandmother and textile merchant at Balogun market in Lagos has been caught at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, in connection with cocaine smuggling to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said.

Odeyemi Omolara claimed to be going on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia when she was arrested, according to the agency.

Ahmadu Garba, NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, explained that the two parcels of white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine were carefully concealed inside her luggage.

“A female passenger, Odeyemi Omolara Morayo with a valid Egypt air ticket from Lagos to Saudi Arabia had been arrested with 1.595kg of cocaine,” Mr. Garba said.

“The cocaine which was concealed in a false bottom of her bag was discovered during routine check on passengers at the departure hall. We had to cut the bag open to recover the cocaine because of the way it was neatly concealed. She was immediately arrested and the case is currently under investigation.”

In her statement, the suspect who hails from Ogun State said her friend and customer was the one that introduced her into drug trafficking.

“I have two children and my daughter is married with children,” she said.

“Recently, I told my friend that I loved to go on pilgrimage this year and she promised to sponsor my trip. That was how she collected my international passport, processed my travel documents and bought return ticket on Egypt airline. The only favour she requested from me was that I should take a bag to Saudi.

“She also told me that somebody will collect the bag from me at Jeddah. It was an empty bag so I kept my personal effects inside it. On getting to the airport, officers discovered cocaine inside the bag during search and I was arrested.”

In his reaction, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Muhammad Abdallah, described the suspect’s action as condemnable.

“Smuggling cocaine to Saudi Arabia under any guise is condemnable,” he said.

“It is good that she was arrested here because drug trafficking attracts capital punishment in Saudi. Apart from saving her from execution in Saudi, the prompt arrest also protected our country from disrepute. The Agency will not relent in the fight against illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse.”

The arrest came few days after Justice B.O. Quadri of the Federal High Court Abuja sentenced a 55-year-old female pilgrim, Binuyo Iyabo, to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour.

Ms. Binuyo was caught last September smuggling 76 pellets of cocaine weighing 931 grammes to Medina, Saudi Arabia.


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  • AryLoyds

    Cocaine is needed in the holy land as it helps the pilgrims perform better when going around in circles at the Kaaba.

    • Abdulkadir

      No wonder when caught, the peddlers (mostly Igbo, but in this case, a Yoruba woman) are immediately sent to Hades with a note to be kept in a special part of hell.

      • AryLoyds

        Drug abuse is more rampant in the north of Nigeria that is fact ! But in the west they are mostly couriers.

        • Höly Wähala

          They call it, Otapiapia… or, gbantaba! LOL!!

      • Otile

        Did you say with a note to Nabi Mohammed in Hades?

      • FuzzyLogic

        Which 9 year old girl did you assault today? Impervious to civilization.

    • FuzzyLogic

      You need to be hi before you can stone the devil. LOL

      • AryLoyds


  • Victor Ezebuiroh

    No comments? Yeah, she is from Ogun state and Yoruba. Had her name sounded like Chioma, Chidimma or Chinenye all manner of invectives would have met the entire woman’s family and the Igbo race.

    • thusspokez

      You are sounding like a paranoid twat!

      • FuzzyLogic

        No, you are the one sounding like a confused hypocrite. Forked tongue.

  • George

    Another Ugly Yoruba down, with a closer investigations they will find out she is very close associate to Tinubu the real baron.

    Yeye region.

    • thusspokez

      Another Ugly Yoruba

      Why? Why pick on her ethnicity? Some of you Nigerians really disgust me!

      And why are there no moderators on Nigerian websites to stop these hatreds?

      The Nigerian media is behaving as if uniting and standing up against tribalism, disunity and instability in Nigeria in not the duty of all Nigerians, particularly those in the media.

      Nigerians seem to have juvenile understanding of free speech. To them, ‘free speech’ is raw and undiluted. This is the interpretation that is also promoted on the Nigerian websites.

      Everything goes on Nigerian websites. Indeed, they reflect a jungle mentality which, I hope one day, they will grow out of!

      • emmanuel

        shhhhhhh, when an Igbo person is caught, the Yorubas come out in droves to chant anit- Igbo sentoments. That is how it has been. So let it remain for now.
        What i hate, is hypocrisy. If you keep quiet when it is Igbo and you do not chant civilsation, then let it be.

      • FuzzyLogic

        Are you new to this forum? Yorubas would have gone ballistic were that woman of Igbo descent. They would not have hesitated to tar all Igbo women born or unborn with the crime of drug trafficking.

    • Julius

      Moron, according to the NDLEA drug arrest reporting ebos 5 Yorubas 1 so far this which is the yeye region ?

      • emmanuel

        Nor go there o, Igbos have tried to rival you in this game but have failed on it. There are several three generations of Yorubas who have been in it for years. The catchment area where this woman and Iyabo that was jailed almost a forthnight agao – Balogun, gutter, Ebute Ero is the headquarters of female drug pushers in Gigeria and who are the majors?

      • FuzzyLogic

        Igbos are yet to elevate a drug kingpin as their leader like the Yorubas have with Tinubu and Kashamu.

        • Julius

          Well, I guess electing, elevating cannibals is better..right ?

    • FuzzyLogic

      You are right on the money. Google ‘Nigerian Pres Svengali’.

  • Alpha Dinni Thanni

    ,,, ,,, OMOLARA ,THE COCAINE MERCHANT ,,,,,,,,, ;;; She knew well the CONSEQUENCES of her action and she never care to SAVE us the already BAD image we are painted with all over the world . From her BURNT FACIAL look , we all can see that she is nothing but a COURIER girl. All she need do if successful , is to come back and throw an OWAMBE party for all to see while she still live in a ROOM APARTMENT. ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; A SADNESS TO MOTHERHOOD .

  • Julius

    50 years in prison will be about right and in her case that will be a life sentence !! They should have let her fly to Saudi Arabia..death sentence would have met her immediately, instead of wasting our resources locking her up. Nonsense !

  • George

    Is this Yoruba woman a Masgurate dress up by Liar Mohhamed boys in Yoruba Tinubu region where their Oba is a candidate for Lagoon suicide

    • Wale

      Face your impure water business and leave public discuss for those that are capable of reasoning.

      • FuzzyLogic

        If you trace it to the roots, you will discover that Tinubu has something to do with it. Google ‘Nigerian Pres Svengali’. That is the business that he knows so well.

        • Wale

          statistically, an ibo man is behind it, she’s also ibo with fake Yoruba passport.

          • FuzzyLogic