The duo, a commercial tricycle rider in Owerri, Imo State, Egwin Chinedu, 32, and an Abuja-based trader, King Sunday, 38, were nabbed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, with an estimated street value of N575 million drug which was hidden in their luggage.
In his confession before newsmen, Sunday, who was caught on arrival from Nairobi, Kenya, said he left his wife after four days of marriage on the guise of a business trip.
“I needed money for my honeymoon and business.
“I erroneously took the decision to smuggle drugs barely four days after my marriage.
“I should not have involved myself in drug trafficking. My thinking was that I could smuggle the drug from Nairobi in two days without my wife knowing that I travelled out of the country.
“All my life, I have been upright in my transactions but this is a huge mistake and I regret my action,” he said, pleading to be pardoned.
Chinedu, who is not married, said he needed money to repair his commercial tricycle.
He was nabbed on arrival from Kigali, Rwanda.
According to him, he needed money to change the engine of his tricycle.