Woman in hijab nabbed for trafficking illicit drugs

Chioma Afam

Chioma Afam, a 36-year-old woman who wore hijab to evade security scrutiny was arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in Benue State on July 17.

She was arrested with her partner, Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, for trying to smuggle a total of 296,000 tablets of Diazepam and Exol-5 from Onitsha, Anambra State to Gombe State.

Chioma, used multiple names such as Amina, Uzoamaka, and Ifunaya to cover her criminal activities was nabbed along with Peace, who also wore hijab as a cover for her nefarious activities during routine checks and profiling of inward vehicles into Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

Their vehicle came from Onitsha, Anambra State was intercepted along Makurdi – Alliade road while heading to Gombe State via Makurdi.

A search of their vehicle led to the discovery of 43kilograms of Diazepam and 33kg of Exol-5, both weighing 76 kilograms with a total of 296,000 tablets packed in four large ‘Ghana Must Go’ bags.

The two interstate drug traffickers have rebuffed efforts to take pictures with the exhibits without wearing their hijab to cover their identities.

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