An Airport cartel that specialises in tagging or planting hard drugs inside the luggage of unsuspecting air Passengers have been bursted by agents of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency. (NDLEA).
The NDLEA’ in a statement by its Chairman Col. Muhammad Abdallah (rtd), said the cartel was uncovered after NDLEA detectives in Kano embarked on the investigation of a Nigerian lady named Zainab Aliyu.
Zainab a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano had travelled through the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) to Saudi Arabia along with her mother and sister. She was however, arrested on the 26th December in her hotel room by Saudi Police over an allerged luggage stuffed with hard drugs tagged in her name.
A petition by Zainab’s father prompted the timely investigation, arrest and ongoing prosecution of seven suspects working at the airport directly fingered in the use of Zainab’s name to tag a second luggage containing hard drugs which evidently does not belong to her.
The NDLEA said the report of it’s investigation had been forwarded to the Consul-General in Jeddah for action.
Zainab is presently in detention in Saudi Arabia awaiting investigations and prosecutions, the Nigerian government must rise up for Zainab and possibly at the highest level of diplomacy to guarantee her safe return back home to reunite with her loved ones.
The frightful NDLEA expose brings to the fore a possibility that some Nigerians arrested and executed for drugs related offences in Saudi Arabia may have by the actions of these cartel innocently paid with their lifes over offences they are not privy to.
Innocent passenger’s must be adequately protected at all times for a rewarding air travel experience.