The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Wednesday announced the arrest of a 36-year-old lady, Chioma Afam, who uses multiple identities and wears a hijab to evade security scrutiny for drug trafficking.
Chioma was arrested by the NDLEA in Benue State along with her partner, Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, for trying to smuggle a total of 296,000 tablets of Diazepam and Exol-5 from Onitsha, Anambra state to Gombe state.
This was contained in a statement issued by Femi Babafemi, the Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters in Abuja.
Chioma was said to use aliases such as Amina, Uzoamaka, and Ifunaya to cover her criminal activities.
She was arrested on Saturday 17th July 2021, along with the 22-year-old Peace who also wears a hijab as a cover for her nefarious activities during routine checks and profiling of inward vehicles into Makurdi, the Benue state capital.
Their vehicle coming from Onitsha, Anambra State was intercepted along Makurdi – Alliade road while heading to Gombe State via Makurdi.
A search of their vehicle led to the discovery of 43kilograms of Diazepam and 33kg of Exol-5, both weighing 76 kilograms with a total of Two Hundred and Ninety-Six Thousand (296,000) tablets packed in four large ‘Ghana must go’ bags.
Curiously, the two interstate drug traffickers have rebuffed efforts to take pictures with the exhibits without wearing their hijab.
Reacting to the two seizures and arrests, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Buba Marwa, commended the commanders, officers, and men of the Benue State Command of the Agency for their efforts to ensure that no illicit substance is allowed to pass through their areas of responsibility under whatever guise or cover to destroy the lives of innocent Nigerians in other parts of the country.
“For us in NDLEA, a kilogram of illicit drug seized by our gallant and courageous officers across the country is a kilogram less what is available on the streets and in our communities and that is why we’ll continue to encourage all our officers and men to continue to give their best in our pursuit of the mandate President Muhammadu Buhari has given us”, Gen. Marwa stated in Abuja.