Abiodun Israel Banjo, 45, a Nigerian living in Pretoria, South Africa, has been arrested with parcels of methamphetamine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, by officials of NDLEA, during the outward screening of passengers on a South African Airline flight to South Africa.
The parcels of drug tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 3.435kgs with a street value of N31m. Two of his bags were found to contain parcels of methamphetamine. Inside the bags were food ingredients and clothes, but underneath was a thin parcel of narcotics carefully concealed. .
Banjo, who hails from Osun State and has been working in South Africa, since 2012, said that the bags were given to him by a friend in South Africa. In his words, “My friend in South Africa called me that his brother will give me two bags containing foodstuff to take to him.
He also promised to give me $2000. I opened the bags and checked thoroughly, but could not find anything criminal. That was how I accepted to take the bags. I was surprised when the drug was detected under the bags. I feel very sad that my friend has implicated me."