A 48 year-old woman, Fatima Mande has set a new record in narcotic smuggling in the country.
She inserted 66 wraps of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine weighing 1kg in her private parts, as she attempted to board a Kenyan Airways flight to Nairobi.
Mande was apprehended a week ago at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, but preliminary investigation revealed that she had previously lived in Australia for about two years before being deported in 2010.
The Agency said that no suspect had ever been caught trying to smuggle such quantity of drugs in the private part since the establishment of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in 1989.
Hamza Umar, NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, who described the case as shocking, put the previous record at 300 grammes.
"This is incredible; it’s amazing," he said, expressing his pleasure that the suspect got caught.
Even the quantity of the drug affected Mande’s gait while at the airport trying to board the plane, according to the Agency.
But she was actually given away when one of the wraps fell on the floor at the screening area as she bent down to pick up her belongings.
Upon interrogation and examination, Mande confessed to the crime stating that she was asked to swallow the drug, but was scared of death.
Mande said she wanted a better life for herself and her children, as she had been widowed since 2007.
"It was N45,000 school fees for my child and landlord who is threatening to quit me by July for not paying my rent that pushed me into drug business," she said.
Mande, an Accounting graduate from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, also admitted to concealing the drugs by herself.
In his reaction, the Chairman of the Agency, Ahmadu Giade, described the trend as disturbing.
"Apart from the quantity of drugs caught with her, her route is also a new development in drug trafficking. They wanted to use her to take the drug to another African country before using an indigene of that country to take the drug to other continents where the profit is higher," he said.