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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has alerted members of the public about drug cartels’ invasion of Facebook and other social media platforms for the recruitment of drug mules. The acting chairman and chief executive of the NDLEA, Mrs. Bode-George raised the alarm as the anti-narcotic agency foiled attempt by a drug trafficking cartel to recruit a 37-year old lady, Miss Ezeabata Uju Gloria on Facebook as a drug courier under the guise of marriage proposal.
She was to smuggle 1.325kg of methamphetamine to Malaysia through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos when she was apprehended.
The arrest turned out to be a lifeline for the suspect as drug trafficking is punishable by death in Malaysia. A suspected leader of the cartel who masterminded the aborted smuggling of methamphetamine to Malaysia was equally arrested.
According to Mrs. Bode-George, “the agency has uncovered plot by drug trafficking organisations to use the social media for recruitment of drug mules. After a painstaking surveillance, we have successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs to Malaysia by a courier recruited online via Facebook. Members of the public should be wary of these antics, ascertain a wholesome relationship and report suspicious cases to the agency. Some of the tricks to watch out for include marriage proposals to unsuspecting female victims, unsolicited generosity like cash and other gift items as well as offering all-expense paid trip to Asia, Europe, America and South Africa”.
The NDLEA boss commended the swift intervention of the agency that led to the arrest and subsequent prevention of the suspect from smuggling drugs to Malaysia where a Nigerian was recently sentenced to death for drug trafficking. “The NDLEA will not relent in her statutory responsibility of saving lives and promoting healthy and peaceful society. This arrest is significant considering the fact that Malaysia recently sentenced a Nigerian to death for drug trafficking. The mode of recruitment is also instructive because of its mass appeal to youths. I expect lovers of social media to learn from this arrest. Meanwhile, we are working hard to dislodge drug cartels and halt their sinister plots,” she assured.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Ahmadu Garba said that Ezeabata Uju Gloria was arrested following the discovery of methamphetamine in her luggage. He said, “Gloria was arrested during screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight on her way to Malaysia at the departure hall. Substances that tested positive for methamphetamine weighing 1.325kg were detected in her luggage.”