Chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NDC), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, yesterday, indicted two foreign Airlines, accusing Egyptian and Ethiopian Airlines of running drug cartels at Nigeria’s International Airports across the country. Dabiri-Erewa stated this at the National Assembly complex, Abuja, when she appeared before the Senate Ad-hoc Committee set up to look into the circumstances leading to the arrest of Zainab Aliyu in Saudi Arabia in December last year. Briefing the Commit tee, Dabiri-Erewa said: “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.” When asked by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya, about the condition of the scanners, the Airport Chief of Security of the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), Mr. El-Yakub Usman Lamir, revealed that scanners at the Aminu Kano International Airport were not configured to detect drugs. He said that there were 15 security agents involved in checking luggages at the point of entry and exit but that they had been reduced in number due to public complaints.
Representative of the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Mustapha Abdallah, 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 remarks, Chairman of the Adhoc Committee, Senator Gaya, charged the officials of NDLEA to increase the number of sniffer dogs in all the international Airports across the country. He also directed the officials of Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) to upgrade such sensitive things as Scanners in the Airports to ensure that the country was rid of hard drugs. Gaya however, 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. The politician assured the country that as soon as the committee concluded its investigation, it would submit its report to the Senate.