It might be his first time but 43-year-old computer instructor, Anukaenyi Bob-Manuel Ogochukwu, has been told this is not an excuse when caught in drug trafficking.

He was arrested for allegedly importing heroin from Nairobi, Kenya by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, said the suspect excreted 66 wraps of heroin under their watch.

“During the inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Nairobi, Kenya, one Anukaenyi Bob-Manuel Ogochukwu was arrested for drug ingestion.

“He later excreted 66 wraps of heroin weighing 1.115kg,” the commander said.

Sick Son

Ogochukwu said he carried drugs to save his son who is on sick bed in Nairobi.

“I teach in a computer school at Onitsha, Anambra State,” he said.

“This is my very first time of having anything to do with drugs. I smuggled drugs to save my sick child. The doctor said that my child has a hole in the heart. I met many people for help, but nobody was willing to help me except a drug baron.”

According to Ogochukwu, drug barons from Tanzania offered him $2,000 to smuggle the heroin from Kenya to Nigeria.

No Excuse

The Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, however believes there is no excuse for committing crime.

He said that the suspect would be charged to court for further prosecution.

“Drug trafficking is a criminal offence and the suspect will be charged accordingly.

“The suspect’s action only complicated his condition because he is here facing a criminal charge while the responsibility of taking care of his sick son now rest solely on the wife,” Abdallah said.