A 43-year-old computer instructor, Anukaenyi Bob-Manuel Ogochukwu, has said he smuggled heroin from Nairobi, Kenya, to save his four-year-old son who is sick.
He said this when he was nabbed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for importing illicit drugs into the country
According to NDLEA’s Head of Public Affairs, Ofoyeju Mitchell, Ogochukwu’s arrest took place after he tested positive for narcotic ingestion. While under narcotic watch, he later excreted 66 wraps of heroin weighing 1.115kg.
She said: “During the inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight from Nairobi, Kenya, one Anukaenyi Bob-Manuel Ogochukwu was arrested for drug ingestion.
“The suspect explained that he got involved in drug trafficking because nobody except drug barons offered to help him out of his financial predicament as his sick son is currently on admission in Nairobi on a life-threatening ailment.”
Responding to questions from newsmen, Ogochukwu said, “I teach in a computer school at Onitsha, Anambra State.
“This is my very first time of having anything to do with drugs. I smuggled drugs to save my sick child. The doctor said that my child has a hole in the heart.
“I met many people for help but nobody was willing to help me except a drug baron. My son is currently struggling for survival at the hospital in Nairobi.
“The baron who is from Tanzania promised to pay me 2,000 dollars for my child’s medical bill. I am very worried about the condition of my son.”