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Why I engaged in drug trafficking - 41-year-old tailor...As NDLEA calls for stiffer penalty
OLOWE Moshood Adebesin, who hails from Ogun State was until recently a tailor, but when it was difficult to make ends meet, the 41-year-old father of three decided to look elsewhere. His new found love happened to be drug trafficking.
However, Adebesin was not so lucky as it didn't take much time before the long hands of the law caught up with him.
While narrating what led him into drug trafficking, Olowe said, "Life is unfriendly to me that I cannot feed my family.I am a tailor on Lagos Island. I am married with three children. The people that sponsored me promised to pay me N2m. I agreed to smuggle the drugs because the money will change my life. I wanted the best for my family and I never knew things would turn out this way. My intention was to start importing clothes from China with the money but I was not lucky."
Olowe's star betrayed him as he was not so lucky. On his return trip from Brazil, NDLEA officals arrested him at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos in connection with cocaine smuggling.
The said substance was discovered in his luggage during the inward screening of passengers on a Turkish Airline flight.
NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr Hamza Umar, said Olowe with Nigeria international passport number A00745969 was apprehended during routine check with a weighed 2.700kg banned drug and valued at N29m.
According to him, "Olowe, who travelled to Brazil in March 2012, was arrested during routine search of passengers. In the process of search, some substance found in his bag tested positive to cocaine. We have commenced investigation and he will be charged to court soon."
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said the agency would continue to warn and discourage drug traffickers of the consequences of the criminal act.
"Drug trafficking is not a game of luck. We shall continue to arrest drug traffickers and prosecute them. We support the culture of success through legitimate business. Those who are in a hurry to get wealth through criminality will end up in prison custody. The suspect is only being greedy and he will face the consequences of his action. He should have weighed the gravity of the offence because the family he loves and seeks to protect, same he had abandoned today.”
Meanwhile, worried by the sudden demise of a drug suspect coupled with other Nigerians on death row in foreign countries over drug related offences, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade reiterated his call for stiffer penalties for drug trafficking.
The NDLEA chief while reacting to the sudden death of the latest drug suspect, Ozoani Sunny Edwin, who died while trying to evade arrest, said “until we get the penalty right, drug trafficking will remain attractive. Every case of drug trafficking involving type A drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine runs into several millions of naira. We must therefore wield the big stick against offenders to serve as deterrent. I am optimistic that adherence to stringent bail conditions and minimum of 15 years jail term will turn the tide of events.”
Giade described the death of a latest suspect,Ozoani Sunny Edwin as sad and painful. “This death is sad and painful. The deceased would have been alive to face trial and ultimately given opportunity to learn from his mistakes. I urge members of the public to shun drug trafficking and make quality choices that will enable them maximise their destinies” the NDLEA boss opined.
An attempt to evade arrest turned suicidal for the 34 year old commercial bus driver in Lagos who met his untimely death over a wrap of drug that ruptured inside him. The deceased, Ozoani Sunny Edwin, who hailed from Enugu State allegedly returned from Brazil onboard a South African Airline flight at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA). During screening, he tested positive to drug ingestion and was placed on observation. He excreted 10 wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine weighing 180 grammes. While still under observation, he complained of stomach pain and was rushed to the hospital where he eventually died. A post-mortem examination revealed that his death was due to one of the wraps of cocaine he ingested that ruptured in his stomach.
NDLEA Airport Commander, Hamza Umar added that the family members of the deceased had applied for the corpse to be released to them after the autopsy. “Following the sad incident, we made contact with the family members. They also witnessed the operation where the ruptured wrap of cocaine that killed their son was recovered from his stomach. The Agency has also granted their request for the corpse to be released to his family,” Hamza explained.Share