Basira Binuyo, a native of Irepodun local government area of Kwara State and also a pilgrim headed for Medina, Saudi Arabia, to perform the annual pilgrimage has excreted 76 pellets cocaine at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Mrs. Binuyo, a trader at Dosumu market, Lagos, was arrested during the outward screening of passengers on an Emirate flight to Medina through Dubai.
“She has so far excreted 76 pellets of drugs that tested positive for cocaine,” said Hamisu Lawan, NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport. “Meanwhile, she is still under observation until the drugs are completely expelled.”
The suspect who is married with three children, said she needed money to expand her business.
“I wanted to expand my cosmetic business but I have no money,”she said. “My sponsor offered to foot my expenses to Saudi on pilgrimage. I was excited until I was asked to take drugs along.
“I wanted to decline but considering the offer of a million naira, I accepted. I swallowed the drugs in Lagos and took flight to Abuja on my way to Medina but I was caught in the process.”