A crew member of Arik Air, Mr.Chika Egwu Udensi, was on Monday night arrested at Heathrow Airport, London, for allegedly peddling substances, suspected to be cocaine.
Spokesman of Arik Air, Mr. Ola Adebanji, confirmed the arrest.
According to him, the crew member was arrested by the UK Border Force in connection with alleged possession of items suspected to be banned substances.
However, Adebanji said in a statement, that the airline was presently carrying out its own investigation to determine how the cabin crew member came about the suspected banned substance.
“The airline again reaffirms its commitment to the fight against drug and illicit substances trafficking and will not tolerate the use of any of its aircraft or crew for the courier of banned items and substances.
“Arik Air carries out very stringent checks on all members of staff and its travelling guests ahead of all flights. The airline will continue to focus its attention on measures to prevent the possibility of any future similar incidents.
“Arik Air is a responsible Nigerian company always seeking to maintain and uphold the integrity and proud reputation of the nation,” the statement read.
This is not the first time a staff of Arik Air will be arrested for being in possession of banned substances. Barely two years ago, two crew members of the airline were also arrested in London, for the same offence.
Meanwhile, the NDLEA, has threatened to sanction Arik Air over the arrest of its crew member in Heathrow, London.
The agency said that investigation had commenced immediately into the operations of the airline.