Earlier this year, the chairman of the House of Reps committee on Diaspora, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, a 72 year old Nigerian woman, identified as Fausat Aosede was held in Brazilian over drug related offenses.
Hon Dabiri-Erewa traveled to Brazil with some members of her committee on a fact finding mission after the woman’s plight and that of at least 456 other Nigerians, including 14 women, serving various jail terms over drug offenses, were brought to her attention by an NGO known as ‘Youths Without Borders’.
In a media chat, the law maker said the 72 yr old woman was lured to Brazil on the pretense of getting medical treatment by another lady called Patricia. When it was time for the old woman to go back home, Patricia allegedly gave her a parcel to take back to Nigeria. Unknowingly to the old woman, the parcel contained drugs. She was arrested at a Brazilian airport as she tried to leave the country.
Because of her age, the woman is not in prison as Brazilian law forbids jailing anybody above the age of 70, but she is being held in confinement and will be sent to a remand home if convicted.
The honourable said a lawyer was arranged to handle the woman’s case, and that of other Nigerians serving jail terms in the country.
Unfortunately she passed away on the 30th of October, 2012 due to a mild stroke caused by the high blood pressure which she’d been suffering from before arriving at the penitentiary. She died at the hospital for women inside the penitentiary in Brazil.
No family member came for her body so she was buried at the Vila Formosa Municipal Graveyard in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The trip to Brazil was actually her first time out of Nigeria, and some heartless people decided to use her as a drug courier without her knowledge. She died in that country and was buried there. Truly sad!