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Intending Lesser Hajj pilgrim arrested with cocaine at Lagos airport


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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An intending Lesser Hajj pilgrim from Kwara State Owolabi Oluwayemisi Modinat has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for trying to smuggle cocaine to Saudi Arabia.

NDLEA said it arrested the 54-year old single mother of four at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos with cocaine.

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Modinat was going on lesser Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia when she was found to hiding substances that tested positive for cocaine.

The suspect who hails from Kwara State was apprehended during the outward screening of passengers on a Qatar Airline flight to Saudi Arabia.

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NDLEA said she ingested 32 wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine weighing 330 grammes.

The suspect said in her statement to NDLEA that she sells tea and bread to earn a living in Lagos and attributed the act to poverty.

“I have never traveled outside the country before now. I am a single mother of four children. I sell tea and bread to earn a living.

“At present, I have no money to continue with my tea business due to family problems. A man met me and promised to help me by sponsoring my trip to Saudi Arabia. As a Muslim, I was happy but he later asked me to swallow the drugs. I agreed because he promised to pay me N300,000. I have too many problems and nobody to help me,” Modinat said.

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