A 37 year old lady, Ezeabata Uju Gloria has lamented being used through the social media and conned into thinking she was to be married only to be used as a courier to ferry drugs to Malaysia.
Gloria was arrested following the discovery of methamphetamine in her luggage during screening of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight, the methamphetamine weighing 1.325kg were detected in her luggage.
The drug was concealed in twenty-six (26) packs of Indomie noodles in a bag of foodstuff containing plantain, pepper, melon and other spices.
According to Gloria, she met a man on facebook living in Malaysia and claimed to be from her state, Anambra and who promised to marry her, months later, she was invited to Malaysia promising to pay all the travel expenses.
After several appeals, Gloria said she agreed to visit him and the day I she was to travel, her fiancée told her to take along a bag of foodstuff sent by his mother from the village which she was given the bag at the airport but in the process of checking it in, drug was discovered inside packs of noodles in the bag
In her statement, Gloria who works with an accounting firm in Lagos said, “I met a man on Facebook some months ago who lives in Malaysia. He told me while chatting online that he is from my State, Anambra in South East Nigeria. After some months, he proposed to marry me and I requested that he comes to Nigeria to meet with my parents as our custom demands.”
|”He promised to fulfill every marriage rite. Months later, he invited me to Malaysia promising to pay all the travel expenses. After several appeals, I decided to visit him. The day I was to travel, he told me to take along a bag of foodstuff sent by his mother from the village. I was given the bag at the airport but in the process of checking it in, drug was discovered inside packs of noodles in the bag and I was arrested” Gloria stated.
Acting Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mrs. Roli Bode-George who alerted members of the public that drug cartels had invaded Facebook and other social media platforms for the recruitment of drug mules said Gloria was lucky as her life was saved.
Mrs. Bode-George said 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”.