Two women Chioma Afam, 36, and Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, have been arrested by the Benue State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly trafficking 296,000 tablets of illicit drugs.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
He said the duo used multiple identities and wore a hijab to evade security scrutiny.
Babafemi said the ladies were arrested in Benue while trying to smuggle a total of 296,000 tablets of Diazepam and Exol-5 from Onitsha in Anambra to Gombe State.
He said Afam used multiple names, including Amina, Uzoamaka and Ifunanya, to cover her criminal activities, and was arrested on July 17 along with Caleb.
Babafemi said that the vehicle the ladies were travelling in from Onitsha was intercepted along the Makurdi- Aliade road while heading to Gombe State through Makurdi.
“A search of their vehicle led to the discovery of 43 kilograms of Diazepam and 33 kilograms of Exol-5, both weighing 76 kilograms with a total of 296,000 tablets packed in four large ‘Ghana must go’ bags.
“Curiously, the two inter-state drug traffickers have rebuffed efforts to take pictures with the exhibits without wearing their hijab.”