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“I am not a criminal, I just want to survive”, says 51-year-old Grandmother Nabbed with 180g of Heroin



The Suspect, Monsurat Akinyemi

The Suspect, Monsurat Akinyemi

A 51-year-old grandmother, Monsurat Akinyemi, has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos for being in possession of 180 grammes of heroin, PUNCH reports.

Akinyemi, an Ogun State indigene was apprehended after four parcels of the drug was found in her luggage. Officials discovered the drug during an inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Entebbe, Uganda.

A statement by NDLEA spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju, disclosed that the agency’s commander at the airport, Ahmadu Garba, said the suspect traveled to Uganda for one week and hid the drugs in her luggage on the way back.

 “The case is under investigation and will be charged to court soon,” Garba said.

Speaking to investigators, Akinyemi said:

I used to buy female clothes from India for sale. However, due to family problems and the economic situation, my business started to die.

I wanted to expand my business. I was introduced to drug trafficking by a friend who invited me to Uganda. I invested my $3,000 (about N1.2 million using black market rate) in the deal and expected that I would get $6,000 from it.

I am sad that things did not go as planned. I am not a criminal. I just want to survive. When the drug was discovered at the airport, I felt as if it was all over for me.

Photo Credit: PUNCH



  1. Damilola

    August 27, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    The eyebrows alone is a criminal act. You can survive other ways. Why do people still do drug trafficking knowing the consequences. I guess, they thought won’t get caught.

    • Shalewa

      August 27, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Damilola ooooooo. ‘The eyebrows alone is a criminal act.’ Cant stop laughing

    • Mr. Egghead

      August 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Criminal eyebrows

    • ATL's finest

      September 3, 2016 at 2:33 am

      Lmao!!!!! How did I miss this article???? Dami U didn’t lie oooo… The eye brow pix caught my attention:). The eyebrows na wa.

    • Common sense

      September 3, 2016 at 5:09 am

      Spectacular one dat ! Indefinite sentence!

  2. Kaybellz

    August 27, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Forget the heroin, the eyebrows alone sef are a crime against nature. ???

  3. Haba

    August 27, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Grandma, instead of taking that N1.2m and investing it legitimately in order to grow your business the right way, you ‘invested’ it in an evil business that will destroy lives. How would you feel if your child or grandchild got hooked on heroin? Is this what you want to teach them – how to carry drugs? And now you are ‘sad’ that the evil ‘business’ did not work out. Sorry but you are a criminal and you deserve the jail time coming your way.

  4. FasholasLover

    August 27, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Ya’all should free the woman. She is not a criminal. She was only looking for money to but eye brow pencil.

  5. jide

    August 27, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Why do I have an inkling this woman is not yoruba? Haha igbos trying to fly under the radar and still getting clipped

    • *curious*

      August 27, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Are you kidding me? I don’t even know how to respond to that silly statement you made. Under the radar ko, under the radar ni. One day, y’all will get it: that a particular crime is not particular to a tribe, color, nation, etc.

    • John

      August 27, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      Jide she is Igbo. Fish brain .After shouting chanjiiii. Buhari dealing with voters mercilessly.

    • Ade

      August 28, 2016 at 12:23 am

      @John, what does Buhari have to do with this? Is he also responsible if you burn rice? Some of you need to let it go, you’ll get a chance to vote again in 2 years and by the way PDP has zoned it to the North so you’ll still have to vote for one of the northerners you hate so much lol the Irony. Politicians are just using your heads, dummies

    • Oh please

      August 29, 2016 at 12:37 am

      @Ade, see how your blood is boiling lol. Please go for a check up you BP is high. You will soon have cardiac arrest

    • The Real Oma

      August 28, 2016 at 12:00 am

      @Jide, hehehe, joke is on you bro :))

    • nene+

      August 28, 2016 at 2:30 am

      Ade the woman blamed her crime on the economy what are you still defending?

      Can you take off your mouth off Buhari’s *** for a minute? Even Sanusi, Sani his brothers do criticise him. What’s your own? How much are you paid for all your defence? The economic hardship no dey reach you?

      Get the fact that Igbos don’t hate Northerners, they simply don’t trust the MAN called Buhari!!!! but I can leave my keys for a Yaradua, Shekarau, Ribadu, Dogara, and so many others. Get educated bro, Igbos don’t trust Buhari cos of his antecedents which he is displaying. Stop acting like you are pleased for once. You are the real dummy. Onye egbuwalu isi.

      Ass slickers association treasurer!

    • Mama

      August 28, 2016 at 2:47 am

      Nene, talking rubbish since 1900! So those who blame the devil for their crime are right too, abi? All the people suffering hardship world over should just take to crime in your view. Tomorrow, they say you’re being bullied on this page. meanwhile see the insults you have heaped on someone else for their opinion.

    • Ade

      August 28, 2016 at 6:07 am

      @Nene, oh shut it. Bella naija’s resident mad bigot . Now you are okay with northerners abi since your masters in PDP have told you to vote for them lol . They no longer have an agenda to Islamization Nigeria and take over everything abi? Lol isn’t that what you sing everyday you clown? You are so bitter about the elections it’s pathetic. Were people not carrying drugs during GEJ’s rule and still blaming poverty you pathetic thing? In fact the other day one of you was blaming the civil war for drug pushing! . All you know is political parties and everything is politics to you , hypocrite! you better stop carrying this amount of hatred for Buhari or else you’ll just have a heart attack. And no one is talking about Igbos but demented political stooges like yourself that make everything about politics. The only one who needs to get an education here is you , learn to make relevant contributions and speak your minds like a civilized human being. Guess that’s too much for your simple mind to handle right? silly cow, always jumping up and down shouting Bubari like a demented goat. No one has a problem with criticizing any government when it’s relevant but this hate and blaming one person for everything is cowardly . No one or Country develops that way. Lay responsibility at the right foot and for this topic it’s the woman. Grow up

    • nnenne

      August 28, 2016 at 2:06 am

      @ jide…
      Igbos were the last to join drug business.
      The army officers. Who were the fore runners were not Igbos.
      Check out who the barons are!

      Leave the Igbos alone!
      Your tribe cannot survive what the Igbo man has been through in Nigeria ! !!

      BTW, the woman ‘s features shows she is Yoruba.

    • Icrossmyheart

      August 28, 2016 at 7:08 am

      She is not too fine to pass for Igbo abeg lol lol lol lol.

      Igbos are the last to do drugs and fraud. IBB and co started fraud. Just Igbos are natural born hustlers and can travel to make money. In Nigeria alone, Igbos more likely to live in North, South West, and so to hustle. They can even sell their kidney, lungs, and co, to make money. Yorubas more likely to die in education though not many can speak English. The irony. Every ethnic group in Nigeria has a good and a bad side. Every ethnic group is capable of wrongdoing.

    • nene+

      August 28, 2016 at 8:57 am

      @ mama you do not get the point do you? NO.

      Let me remind you that a thousand photocopy of you WILL NOT change the obvious!
      Bully me ke huh? You must be kidding me!!!

    • Mama

      August 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Hahaha….I’m a firm believer in not kicking a man when he’s down, so I will sheath my sword (for now.

  6. Bey

    August 27, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    This woman shld do an ad on the dangers of skin bleaching and what ur skin will look like in 40yrs. Put it next to Dencia’s whitenitous ads. Kikikkkkkkkkikikiki

    On a serious note, madam you are greedy. Why not re-invest d small capital you had, go into sale of everyday items if oda biz isn’t moving.
    Even us career ppl are managing. Ur clearly not destitute or starving if u hav d money to buy bleaching cream. U won’t even hav 3k dollars if u are.

  7. Las

    August 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    i believe the eyebrows gave her away…

  8. Ranyinudo

    August 27, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Haha..funny right? Jide jidekwo one gi aka!

    • Mia

      August 27, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      LOL, ezigbo ya jidekwa onwe ya aka.

  9. Esthbrend

    August 27, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Dis brow na die oooo.. maybe she needs more 2 go into selfie makeup.

  10. Delta geh

    August 27, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Am I the only person seeing that she invested 3k with the aim of getting 6k. In the end the outcome is the same whether she trafficked or not. She has 3k regardless. Lol

  11. M

    August 28, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I don’t know why I feel sorry

  12. nwa nna

    August 28, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Her eyebrows probably gave her away ??

  13. Fani

    August 28, 2016 at 12:20 am

    The is absolutely no excuse for committing a crime, millions of people all over the world and Nigeria are hungry yet they work hard the legal way. drugs destroy lives so to all those who say at least it’s better than armed robbery or rituals it’s not. They all destroy lives and lead to people’s deaths. Everyone tries to use poverty as an excuse which is crap , when that money comes in they will build blood mansions ,buy cars and go around spraying money at weddings. People do it because of greed. There are honest women like her who chose to sweep roads and clean offices and homes instead of carrying drugs.

  14. Ade

    August 28, 2016 at 6:40 am

    @Bella Naija, where is my comment to your resident lunatic? Ironic how the cow is mentioning the same Sanusi they hated for speaking out during her “hero’s “rule. The same person that rants here daily about the Northern agenda and how they want to Islamization Nigeria is suddenly okay with northerners now her political masters have told her she has to vote for one of them next election, silly ignorant clown . See the Mad cow that can’t pass across her opinion intelligently talking about eduction…lol People have been carrying drugs for decades in Nigeria , I guess we should blame Buhari for that too . You better don’t go mad, see the so called youth that doesnt even understand the concept of criticizing the government when it’s actually appropriate and not just because her black heart is so full of hate. Yet you’ll be complaining about people voting for the older ones when clearly you have absolutely nothing intelligent to offer. I guess the concept of individual responsibility is lost on you , a woman carries drugs and blames poverty like they all do and suddenly it’s about Buhari’s fault! I wont be surprised if we see her one day on the road talking to herself and blaming Buhari for the weather lol This is how psychotic breaks start

    • Ima

      August 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Yes its Buhari’s fault because his lack of foresight lead this country into the worst recession in years. Even in the next one year things won’t still get better. He is the President so he can be blamed of the citizens turn to crime due to poor economy. That’s exactly what’s happening now if you don’t know.

    • Ima

      August 28, 2016 at 9:52 am


    • LOL

      August 28, 2016 at 10:55 am

      The lack of logic in your comment is staggering. We’re in a recession for one main reason: our over-dependence of oil which left our economy in the lurch when oil prices crashed. Other countries with the same issue are facing the same problems (or worse, e.g. Venezuela). Our past leaders failed to save and invest in infrastructure and alternative industries when we were making crazy money from oil, and now that our major source of revenue has dried up, we’re in trouble. Secondly, there’s something called personal responsibility. This woman chose to carry drugs even though she had 1.2m Naira which she could have used to do a legitimate business. How many people have 1.2m in this economy? And yet you’re sitting there blaming Buhari for her greedy crime? Come on, at least try to set your prejudice aside and be reasonable.

    • Anonymous

      August 28, 2016 at 10:56 am

      So all the crimes committed in Nigeria still date, was caused by all the former heads of state! The way some people reason! Until each and everyone of us take responsibility for our actions, we will perpetually remain in this state

    • Oh please

      August 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

      You are a first class bigot. Why not address the bigoted statement of your brother Jide? You want to harp on nene. Ain’t working, we smell you all the way from the land of bigotry. Ranting upandan and making no sense

    • Fani

      August 28, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Madam oh please, you are the one not making any sense. From what I can read Nene is the one who decided to reply to a comment not even addressing her and started throwing insults around while ranting. So how does people replying Nene’s comment then equal bigotry? Lol You people just throw words around . What’s with this victim mentality ?

      Oga o. A whole grandma took $3000 and put in drugs and it’s the fault of the recession he he he Nigerians can kill someone with “logic” In no other Society would people be trying to justify such crap.

    • Oh please

      August 29, 2016 at 12:34 am

      You Fani, please just goan rest somewhere. Another first class bigot

    • Ade

      August 28, 2016 at 11:24 am

      @ Ima did people just start turning to crime and using poverty as an excuse? Nigerians have been carrying drugs since donkey years and their excuse was always poverty. All the ones that carried drugs during Gej’s time was that his fault? People gave poverty excuse for Boko Haram and the same for militants should we then say the governments then were responsible for people choosing to live lives of crime. Where does personally accountability begin? Honestly I can’t believe the ridiculous stuff you lot come up with. This woman took money that could have been invested in any another legitimate Buisness and instead because of greed choose to put it in drugs and it’s because of recession and blah blah lol Does it sound like someone who had N1.2 million had no other options but to resort to crime? Stop this nonsense , this is how you keep making excuses for criminals. We get it, you hate Buhari but try and come up with sensible things .Bella should have an IQ test before people can comment .

    • Oh please

      August 28, 2016 at 11:37 am

      And You will be first in line for that IQ test. Hate filled mind that you is na….

  15. phoenix

    August 28, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Her brows are dangerous mehn

  16. ElessarisElendil

    August 28, 2016 at 10:52 am

    This entire thread…………..Madness??????

  17. Kate

    August 28, 2016 at 11:19 am

    criminal brows indeed lmao.
    pls I’m equally looking for money but I haven’t carried a gun. let’s stop blaming the economy and change our morals.

  18. Bella

    August 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    mehn…I just realised I’m stuck on them brows!

  19. Funmi

    August 29, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Dear lady, all you have to do is see how drugs have recked peoples lives to know that what you have done is beyond criminal. drug dealers and traffickers are the worst and have a special place in hell.

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