Chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NDC), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has fingered Egyptian and Ethiopian Airlines in the running of illegal drug cartels across Nigeria’s international airports.
Speaking today, Wednesday, at an investigative hearing by an ad-hoc Committee of the Senate set up to look into the circumstances leading to the arrest, last December, of a Nigerian lady, Zainab Aliyu by Saudi Arabian authorities, 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”.
This was even as the Chief Security officer at the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), El-Yakub Usman Lamir, revealed that scanners at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, were not configured to detect drugs, adding that there are 15 security agents involved in checking luggage at the point of entry and exit but that the number had been reduced as a result of frequent complaints by air travelers.