The Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has revealed how it affected the arrest of a Chadian lady identified as Vivien Tarmadji who hid 234.35 grams of heroin in her private parts.
A statement by the spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, revealed that the suspect was arrested Tarmadji at the Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja while she was trying to board an Ethiopian airline en route to Addis Ababa-Italy.
According to Babafemi, Tarmadji, who runs a salon business in Italy, was nabbed by anti-narcotic agents during an outward clearance of the airline at the boarding gate with 234.35 grams of heroin concealed in her private parts.
After her arrest, Tarmadji in her confessional statement claimed that she was contacted by someone in Italy to collect the drug from a man who delivered the illicit substance to her in a hotel in Lagos.
The NDLEA spokesperson said that the trafficker “who runs a salon business in Italy since 2016 upon her relocation to the country via Libya was arrested by vigilant narcotics agents during an outward clearance of the airline at the boarding gate after being scanned. Under interrogation, she claimed she was contacted by a man who called her from Italy to collect the drug from one man.
“The said man delivered the illicit substance to her in a hotel she lodged in Lagos early in the morning before she took her flight to Abuja the same day for onward journey to Italy. She further claimed that the man brought 50 wraps of the substance for her to swallow but she couldn’t. She decided to insert 18 wraps into her private parts and returned the remaining to the man that brought them to her in the hotel.
“She said she came into Nigeria to raise money to pay for her house and shop rents which had expired in Italy, as life has been so difficult since the coming in of COVID-19 pandemic. She said the owner of the drug was to pay her 10,000 euros on successful delivery of the drug to Italy,” he concluded.