The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Wednesday thwarted an attempted human trafficking and illegal drug export by one Mathew Bassey at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja, Lagos.
The 29-year-old Bassey hails from Oron local council of Akwa Ibom state was said to have in his possession an illicit drug which he intended to export to Dubai, United Arab Emirate while planting the same content in the luggage of an orphan, Peter Gift Eno.
According to the NDLEA, Bassey, was arrested at the departure hall of the airport after Eno’s luggage was searched and 50 parcels of cannabis weighing 2.80 kg concealed in food items were found.
WikkiTimes gathered that there were differences between the age the orphan proclaimed and the date of birth on her international passport.
Per reports, the orphan, also from Oron LGA of Akwa Ibom, recently lost her mother and was therefore vulnerable to Bassey’s deceitful promise of securing her a job in Dubai, UAE. This ended up planting drugs in her bag for onward delivery to his contact in Dubai.