A Kenyan model, Angela Wairimu, was arrested trying to smuggle 6.5 kg of cocaine in Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Abuja.
Wairimu, who was travelling from South Africa had concealed the cocaine in the travelling bag she had carried as luggage.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) public relations head, Jonah Achema, noted that the arrest had been made by the agency’s Special Area Command at the airport.
“Some of the illicit substance was concealed in the false bottom of a travelling bag which also contained two wrapped parcels of the same illicit drug,” he stated.
According to a publication, Alternative Africa, Wairimu claimed to be a model and a trader dealing in clothes and cosmetics.
Wairimu narrated that a friend in South Africa requested her to assist an unknown person to deliver a suitcase containing wears in Nigeria.
She was to deliver the consignment to the husband of the sender who was to meet her at the airport in Abuja.
She claimed to be on her second trip to Nigeria to procure home-made body beauty products and local fabrics for her enterprise called La Model in South Africa and Kenya.
She denied being under any financial inducement but confessed that her daughter was suffering from acute leukaemia which put her under financial pressure,” he added.
NDLEA commander at the airport, Hamisu Lawan, stated that the consignment was the biggest cocaine shipment in recent times.