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Kenyan woman arrested while trying to smuggle 6.5kg Cocaine into Nigeria

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A Kenyan woman has been arrested by the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for trying to smuggle 6.5 kilograms of Cocaine into Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Monday, May 27.

The 33-year-old Angela Wirimu, a single mother of two was arrested on arrival from South Africa aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight to Abuja.

The agency’s spokesperson, Mr. Jonah Achema, said in a statement on Monday May 27 that 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 she carried as handbag luggage.

Warimu said in her statement that, she is a modelling expert and a trader in clothes and cosmetics who shuttles between Kenya and South Africa.

According to her, a friend in South Africa approached her to assist an unknown person to deliver a briefcase containing wears in Nigeria, which was brought to her at the Airport through an errand boy.

“She was to deliver the consignment to the husband of the sender who was to meet her at the NAIA, 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 Leukemia which put her under financial pressure,”Achema said.

According to the NDLEA Commander, NAIA, the seizure is the biggest cocaine shipment in recent times made by the Command.

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