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The National Drug Law Enforcement has apprehended a 38-year-old mother of three children for attempting to smuggle 2.04kg Indian hemp to South Africa. The hemp was said to have been concealed in cartons of Knorr seasoning cubes.

According to a statement by NDLEA spokesperson, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, during investigation, the suspect, Rashidat Abdulkarim, accused her husband who lives in South Africa of implicating her.

The NDLEA airport commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, said that weed was seized at the cargo section of Nigeria Aviation Handling Company.

Umar was quoted as saying, “The seizure was made during routine screening of goods at the cargo section. During a search, 2.04kg of cannabis was found to be concealed in a carton of Knorr seasoning.

“Other items in the luggage are local textiles and herbal medicines. The consignor was immediately arrested following the discovery of the cannabis.”

Rashidat who sells female shoes and hand bags said she is still in shock that cannabis was found in the consignment sent to her by the husband.

“I am in shock and pain that my husband is behind my problem. My husband sent N28,000 to me to buy locally made textiles. He also told me that one man will bring food seasoning and herbal medicines to me. I bought the textiles and added it to the seasoning bought by the man. On getting to the airport, drug was found inside the carton of seasoning. I am so sad and disappointed,” Rashidat, who hails from Lagos State,said in her statement.

She also expressed worry over the welfare of her children.

Rashidat said, “I struggle to fend for myself and my three children. Even before my husband travelled to South Africa, he left me with the upkeep of the family.

“I have suffered so much financial neglect. I have never smuggled drugs in my life. He had done the worst. My eldest child is only thirteen years.”

NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, has promised to carry out detailed investigation, adding that any other person culpable would be arrested and prosecuted.


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