Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a Nigerian grocer identified as Ayoola Ayodeji Adebayo living in Pretoria, South Africa with 3.920kg of substances found to be methamphetamine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
A statement by NDLEA said the suspect who is married was arrested during the outward screening of passengers on Ethiopian airline flight to South Africa.
Speaking on the arrest, the NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba said, “A Nigerian living in South Africa by name Ayoola Ayodeji Adebayo was found in possession of 3.920kg of methamphetamine on his way to South Africa.
“The drug was found in a false bottom of his luggage while he was trying to check-in the luggage. The case is being investigated.”
Ayoola who holds a Higher National Diploma in Estate Management from Osun State College of Technology in 2006 said he made a mistake getting involved in drug trafficking.
“I am a grocer in Pretoria. I have lived in South Africa for over three years. I am married with two children. My friend in Pretoria asked me to bring two bags to him. He bought my return ticket and gave me N150,000.
“I thought the drug would not be detected because it was neatly concealed. This is a big mistake on my part because I have sustained my family with the grocery business.
“It will not happen again if I can get out of this problem,” Ayoola was quoted by the agency as saying.
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