Proof, as if any more were needed, that no nation has ever or will ever solve its drug problem by shooting its most maligned and exploited victims – the mules. Luckily this time the mule was arrested before his flight to Indonesia where he almost certainly would have earned a death penalty had he been caught there instead.
How desperately poor do you have to be to swallow 1.2kg of hard drugs, only to excrete it at the end of a series of long distance flights? Why are these people executed or given lengthy sentences instead of supported in some way?
In his statement, according to the NDLEA, the suspect said he was offered the sum of $5,000 to smuggle drugs to Indonesia. “I am the only son of my parents. I wanted to invest the money in my clothes business and also commence preparation for my marriage in a bid to settle down,” Mr. Umeme said.
A 33-year-old Nigerian travelling to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta, Indonesia, with narcotics has been arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
After he tested positive for narcotic ingestion, 89 wraps of narcotics found to be methamphetamine weighing 1.205 kilogrammes were recovered from him, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said in a statement on Saturday.
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