Toyin Igbira, Popular Lagos Socialite Dies From Ovarian Cancer + Her Alleged Drug Trafficking Deals
More details has emerged about Alhaja Monsurat Ashabi Oluwatoyin Oyemade Rufai Abraham, widely known in Lagos social circles as Toyin Igbira, who died at the age of 56.
Toyin died on July 19th after a protracted fight with a strange illness, rumoured to be Ovarian cancer, which she has been suffering from for the past 5 years.
Late Toyin Igbira, was an alleged to be a drug baroness, as she was repeatedly arrested in the past for drug trafficking offences. The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested her in 1999, after years of extensive undercover anti-narcotic operations on her. She was sentenced to two years in prison. She was later re-arrested at the Lagos airport in 2002 with 72 wraps of a substance suspected to be heroin. “Igbira was about to board a plane to the United States when she was arrested,” an NDLEA spokesperson said. He further said the woman, had been on the drug agency’s wanted list since 1997. “This particular arrest led to chains of arrests that unravel the most notorious drug cartel,”
Many drug couriers have named her as the source of their wares in the past, until she was declared, wanted in 2007 after one Mohammed Jamiu was arrested trying to export cocaine, which he had ingested during the screening of passengers on a Virgin Nigeria flight, from Lagos to London at the Lagos airport.
Toyin’s illness was said to have almost healed about two years ago and returned to Nigeria after receiving medical treatment abroad. Toyin who owns properties in Lagos, Abuja and US, was also a big merchandise dealer. She used to be the toast of popular musicians, who sang her praise to high heavens.