A 43-year-old computer instructor has been arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for importing heroine from Nairobi, Kenya.
The arrest took place after he tested positive for narcotic ingestion, even as the suspect explained that he got involved in drug trafficking because nobody, except drug barons, offered to help him out of his financial predicament as his sick son is currently on admission in Nairobi for a life-threatening ailment.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Ahmadu Garba, said the suspect, while under narcotic watch, excreted 66 wraps of powdery substance that tested positive for heroin.
“During the inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Nairobi, Kenya, one Anukaenyi Bob-Manuel Ogochukwu was arrested for drug ingestion. He later excreted 66 wraps of heroin weighing 1.115kg,” the commander stated.
Anukaenyi, who is married to a Kenyan lady and hails from Anambra State, in his statement, said he smuggled drugs to save his four-year-old son who is sick, saying; “I teach at a computer school in Onitsha, Anambra State.
“This is my very first time of having anything to do with drugs. I smuggled drugs to save my sick child. The doctor said that my child has a hole in the heart. I met many people for help but nobody was willing to help me except a drug baron.”
“My son is currently struggling for survival at the hospital in Nairobi. The baron who is from Tanzania promised to pay me 2,000 dollars for my child’s medical bill. I am very worried about the condition of my son.”