14th February, 2011
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) hasÂ arrested of an undergraduateÂ after it nabbed 8 suspects in January at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
The arrest of a final year undergraduateÂ who claimed to be studying Energy Technology at the University of Brunel London is shocking, NDLEA said in a statement today signed by Ofoyeju Mitchell Head, Public Affairs of the agency.
He was nabbed with 1.160kg of cocaine hidden in his stomach on his way to London in a Virgin Atlantic flight.
NDLEA Commander at the airport, Alhaji Hamza Umar gave the name of the student as Belo Ibrahim Afolabi Kayode, 27 years and promised to charge him in connection with unlawful exportation and possession of 1.160kg of substance that tested positive for cocaine.
â€œWe have commenced investigation of the case and he will definitely be charged under the relevant section of the NDLEA Act,â€ Hamza stated.
Responding, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA Ahmadu Giade described the arrest of the student as unfortunate.
He wondered how a final year student will ruin his career by indulging in drug trafficking. According to Giade, â€œthis is really unfortunate. His dream of becoming an Energy Technologist is now under threat simply because of one wrong step.â€
The anti-narcotic helmsman therefore urged students to be focussed on their dreams and resist temptations that could derail their destinies.
The suspect, who hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State SouthWest Nigeria, said that he wanted to use the 4,000 pounds promised him by his sponsors to pay part of his school fees.
He left London to collect the drug and deliver it for 4,000 pounds.
In a confessional statement, Belo stated that â€œI had wanted to use the money to settle part of my school fees. The desire to get the money did not allow me to weigh the consequences properly. I should have asked my parents who work in the UK for assistance. I really feel sad over the whole thing. It was not easy for me to swallow the drugs. The 90 wraps took me almost a
whole day to ingestâ€.