There was a time in Nigeria when not much was known about narcotics, except perhaps, when it was meant to refer to the common neighbourhood Indian Hemp. Nigerians were largely ignorant of the names and potency of the other drugs in the narcotic family. But when in 1984, three Nigerians, Benard Ogedegbe, Bathlomew Owoh and Akanni Ojuolape were publicly executed by the Buhari / Idiagbon military government for trafficking in hard drugs, the era of innocence among Nigerians in terms of exposure to drugs and knowledge of drugs began to vanish
Gloria Okon in 1985 was arrested at the Aminu Kano International Airport. The case was traced to people in government who provide security support for their couriers. Gloria Okon was said to have “died” in detention, whereas, report had it that she was sighted outside of the country. The cause of the “death” was kept secret, to the extent that Nigerians became convinced that she must be an agent of people very high up in government. Jennifer Madike, a Lagos socialite embarrassed Fedelis Oyakhilome, the NDLEA and the entire country with tales of deals, friendship and accusations that linked the chairman to money and gratification from drug traffickers. Where are this people now?