Photos: Two Women Arrested With Cocaine In Their Private Parts On A China-Bound Flight

Two women have been arrested at the Lagos International
airport for trying to smuggle a substance known as cocaine out of the country.
The two women who ingested some and packed some in their vaginas said they were
forced into the trade since their husbands have abandoned them, and left them
to take care of their kids alone. Read their stories after the cut.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said it has ​arrested
two women attempting to smuggle cocaine aboard a Qatar Airways flight to China.
Deborah Alaka and Chinyere Chukwujekwu were found to possess
about 3 kilogrammes of cocaine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in

The suspects said in their statements that they were pushed
into cocaine smuggling because their husbands abandoned them, according to the

“These women are curiously desperate for ingesting drugs,
packing some on their bodies and inserting in their vagina,” Hamza Umar, the
NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, said.
Mrs. Alaka, 47, was caught with 1.180kg of cocaine – 260
grammes inserted into her private part and 60 wraps weighing 920 grammes
The agency caught Mrs. Chukwujekwu, 45, with 1.455kg of
cocaine – 59 wraps packed on her body, one parcel inserted into her private
part, and ​10​ wraps weighing 170 grammes ingested, the NDLEA said.
“I got married early because there was no money for me to
further my studies after my primary education,” Mrs. Chukwujekwu told NDLEA
“My husband who is a retired soldier abandoned me ​10​ years
ago. Since then my life has been sorrowful. I sell female clothes and shoes to
take care of my children.”
The suspect said she met a man at the market who promised to
assist her by introducing her into the importation business.
“This was how we began to talk on phone. He gives me
recharge cards and money to sustain myself,” Mrs. Chukwujekwu said.
“It was the day I was to travel that he told me that I will
take drugs to China. He took me to a hotel where I was given the drugs and six
thousand dollars to buy my goods in China. I could only swallow ten wraps, so I
forced some in my vagina and packed others in my underwear.”
In her statement to the NDLEA, Mrs. Alaka said her own
husband abandoned her with seven children.
“I sell female bags and shoes to sustain myself and my
children,” she said. “My husband left me in 2005 and since then I have been
facing several challenges.
“I took loan to travel to China and in the process I
incurred huge debt which compounded my problems. At a point, I had no money for
food, school fees and even house rent. This was what made me to smuggle drugs.
“I swallowed 59 wraps of drugs all through the night because
of 6,000 dollars. I also packed some in my underwear and one in my vagina. It
was a terrible experience. I feel so sad that I have to end up this way as a
Ahmadu Giade, the NDLEA Chairman, described the action of
the women as “disgraceful.”
“It is good that the drugs were detected here by our officials
because China has capital punishment for drug trafficking,” Mr. Giade said.
“This arrest has saved them from death and the country from
embarrassment. Their action is utterly disgraceful because as mothers they
ought to show good example for their children to emulate.”

The NDLEA said the suspects would soon be charged to court.

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