Woman arrested for using 10-year-old niece as drugs courier
By Jennifer S. Kuwanta
A woman named Taiye Abbas has been arrested for allegedly using her 10-year-old niece as a drugs courier in Lagos.
According to the police, the suspect, who is the minor’s aunt, put drugs in the young girl’s pants to get around security measures.
Speaking to reporters, the young girl revealed that the 44-year-old is her mother’s sister and that she brought her from Kwara State to Lagos after her father’s passing.
“She brought me to Lagos two months ago from Ilorin, and she has been using me to move drugs from the house to her shop. After taking my bath in the morning, she would load drugs inside my undies, which I would deliver to her shop. Mummy would carefully remove the drugs and sell them to some people who come every day.
“Mummy told me that she had to conceal the drugs in my undies because of policemen and other security agencies. I would pass the police with the drugs and they would not search me, because they may think that I was innocent.
“I was always sad anytime she planted the drugs on me. I did not complain because she would beat me. My father is dead and my biological mother is in Ilorin. I want the police to take me to my grandfather. My grandfather is in Lagos. I don’t want to stay with my aunt again,” the little girl said.
After the police questioned the woman, she disclosed that she was introduced into the business by one Azeez about three months and used her niece as a courier for drugs two months ago.
“I sent her to buy a loaf of bread across the street, and she missed her way. I was looking for her when I got a call to come to the police station to identify a child found roaming the street. I rushed to the station and discovered that the girl is my niece. I was happy that I found my missing niece, not knowing that danger was lurking around. I was shocked when the policemen in the station started interrogating me about the drugs found in her pants.”
Speaking about the case, the Lagos state police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin said, “The discovery prompted further questions which revealed that this has been going on for a long time. So, we had to extend the investigation to her house and we were able to bring her guardian (suspect) to the police station. She did not deny it.”
“She admitted that this had been her way to courier drugs from her house to the shop, where she would sell them, to beat police checks. That is why we are exposing her and the method drug barons now use to courier drugs within the metropolis. However, the girl will be handed over to her family in Ilorin, while the suspect will be prosecuted accordingly.”