News NDLEA Arrests Saudi-bound Grandmother with 1.6kg Cocaine

NDLEA Arrests Saudi-bound Grandmother with 1.6kg Cocaine


NDLEA Arrests Saudi-bound Grandmother with 1.6kg CocaineNigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency arrested a 57-year-old grandmother, Omolara Morayo Odeyemi, with cocaine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on her way to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The suspect, a textile merchant at the Balogun Market in Lagos, who claimed to be going on a pilgrimage, was arrested with the hard substance.

The Head, Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, in a statement on Saturday said  “A female passenger, Odeyemi Omolara Morayo, with a valid Egypt air ticket from Lagos to Saudi Arabia has been arrested with 1.595kg of cocaine.

NDLEA Arrests Saudi-bound Grandmother with 1.6kg Cocaine“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.”

Odeyemi, an indigene of Ogun State was quoted to have said, “I am a textile merchant at Balogun Market, Lagos. I have two children and my daughter is married with children. 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 a 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 would 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.”

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.), was quoted as saying, “Smuggling cocaine to Saudi Arabia under any guise is condemnable. 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.”

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  1. Tribalism everywhere, grandma are you hustling for your own or for someone? Maybe because of your age they think you will cross freely. Mama you have commited.

  2. Holy molly! I’m glad she got caught at Lagos!! Else her kids, grand kids would be preparing for funerals by now!! I’m happy for her, it’s another chance/ shot at life and living!

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  4. Area mama! You no escape this one. Old fool;draging the name of our country into mud. Aah! Mama!

  5. Can u imagined!! You ought to be role model to younger ones madam!! what are u looking for money for? to bleach abi,, grandma u fall my hand.


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