There has been an increase in the number of victims who claimed to have been robbed by prostitutes after they fell into a deep slumber and woke to discover that their sex partners have vanished with some of their belongings including cars, cash, credit cards, phones and other valuables.
While some of them concluded that their drinks were doped, others remembered that they suddenly became drowsy after they sucked the breasts of their sex partners. This second assertion was corroborated by an arrested female member of a robbery gang in Lagos who confessed: “I rubbed the medicine on my breasts and once men sucked, they sleep off.”
Doping the victim is one of the tricks in the bags of sex workers who robbed their victims. The drug that serves their criminal purpose most of the time is Diazepam, popularly known as Valium, a medicine belonging to the benzodiazepine family.
The drug, commonly used to treat a range of conditions, including insomnia, causes heavy sleepiness that leaves the robs the victim of coordination. In some cases, its usage may cause loss of memory. The drug can be in the form of tablets (and it takes effect after 15 minutes which makes it easy to use to dope a victim’s drink), nasal spray (which takes effect immediately) and liquid (injection).
Since NDLEA began a crackdown on the trafficking of illicit drugs, a significant amount of the drugs has been taken off the streets. For instance, from January to May 2021, 856.05kg of Diazepam was seized, ranking third, behind cannabis and codeine in the list of seized substances.