A cabin crew member of Arik Airline allegedly found with packs of cigarettes beyond the legally allowed quantity, has been released by the London Police, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said on Friday.
The released crew member – Delita Abibimgbi, is currently assisting NDLEA officers in the on-going investigation.
However, the other crew member – Temitayo Olubunmi Daramola, reportedly found with six kilogrammes of substance suspected to be cocaine, is still being quizzed in London.
Meanwhile, Chairman/Chief Executive of the agency, Ahmadu Giade, has called on airlines to take all necessary precautions to prevent drug trafficking in the country.
This was made known during an emergency meeting of airline managers at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) with the agency’s leadership.
Giade, who read the riot act to the airlines, reminded them that section 25 of the NDLEA Act outlined the responsibilities of airlines.
It reads: “It shall be the duty of every commercial carrier to take reasonable precaution to ensure that its means of transport are not used in the commission of offences under this act. They are to comply with appropriate security measures at points of entry and exit in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other customs control areas, to prevent unauthorized cargo in its means of transportation.”
Since the unfortunate incident on Monday, security checks on airline staff have been intensified at the nation’s airports as well all entry and exit points.