Zainab Aliyu: Egypt, Ethiopian Airlines run drug cartels in Nigeria – Dabiri

May 23rd, 2019

*Aminu Kano Intl Airport’s ccanners faulty – FAAN

By Ignatius Okorocha

Chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NDC), Hon. Abike Dabiri has indicted two foreign Airlines, saying that Egypt and Ethiopian Airlines, run drug cartels at Nigeria’s International Airports across the country.

She stated this when she appeared before the Ad-hoc Committee panel headed by Senator Kabiru Gaya on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Committee began investigation on the circumstances that led to the arrest of Miss Zainab Habibu Aliyu alongside others by the authorities of Saudi Arabia over drug related crimes aboard Egyptian Airlines in December, 2018.

“We have other foreign and local Airlines operating at our Airports, but Egyptian and Ethiopian Airlines have drug cartels operating at our International Airports. ”

“They operate alongside local collaborators. It is not Air Peace, not Arik Air, but Egyptian and Ethiopian Airlines, Dabiri insisted.

When asked by the Chairman of the Committee about condition of the scanners, officials of Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) revealed that scanners at the Aminu Kano International Airport were not configured to detect drugs.

They further said, there were 15 security agents involved in checking luggages at the point of entry and exit, but they have been pruned due to public complaints.

Representative of the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) also disclosed that their German trained sniffer dogs were few in number.

“Throughout the federation, NDLEA only have 14 sniffer dogs stationed in Lagos and we don’t even have one to detect drugs at the Aminu Kano International Airport at all, NDLEA maintained.

In his remark, Chairman of the Adhoc Committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya, charged the officials of NDLEA to increase the number of sniffer dogs in all the international Airports in the country.

He also directed the officials of Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) to upgrade such sensitive dice as the Scanner in the Airports to ensure that the country is rid of hard drugs.

He commended Zainab’s father for providing the information on the arrest of his daughter by Saudi Arabia law enforcement Agencies to the Social Media from where the federal government got wind of the arrest.

Gaya assured that as soon as the committee concludes its investigation, it would submit its report to the Senate.

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