A 32-year Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Administration student of the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State, Vivian Chizoba Anya is currently being quizzed by anti-narcotic officers for allegedly excreting wraps of substance that tested positive for methamphetamine while on board a Qatar Airline Flight from Malaysia.
According to the NDLEA, Vivian was said to have aroused suspicion following her frequent visit to the toilet. NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr Hamza Umar, who said that the suspect while under observation excreted two additional wraps, further declared: “the suspect was found with three wraps which she excreted in the aircraft. While she was under observation at the Lagos airport, she excreted two additional wraps of drugs. The five wraps which tested positive for methamphetamine weighed 80 grammes”.
Preliminary investigation also revealed that the suspect left Ghana where she ingested the drugs to Malaysia where she was denied entry and made to board another flight back to Nigeria. She started excreting the drugs at the airport in Malaysia.
Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant drug. Due to its high potential for abuse, methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II drug and is available only through a prescription. Although methamphetamine can be prescribed by a doctor, its medical uses are limited, and the doses that are prescribed are much lower than those typically abused. Taking even small amounts of methamphetamine can result in many of the same physical effects as those of other stimulants, such as cocaine or amphetamines, including increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and hyperthermia.
On arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, three wraps of methamphetamine was found in her possession.
In her statement, Vivian said: “I was promised the sum of half a million naira but my problem started when I had immigration problem in Malaysia. I was denied entry and made to return to Nigeria after two days. While in the aircraft, I excreted three wraps and two other wraps in the NDLEA office”.
Vivian, who hails from Onitsha and said that she just completed her HND programme and claim to come from a very poor family, “ wanted to use the money they promised… to assist my siblings by smuggling the drug to Malaysia”.
With Agency reports
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