Arik Cabin Crew Had N180m Cocaine


Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, said on Tuesday that one of the two Arik Air female cabin crew members arrested in London Tuesday concealed six kilogrammes of cocaine worth about N180 million.

Arik Air staff Temitayo Olubunmi Daramola was found in possession of 6kg of cocaine while Delita Abibimgbi was found with 60 packets of cigarettes, NDLEA said in a statement.

The agency said the Arik Air flight reportedly took off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, Monday with ten cabin members.

“Eight out of the ten crew members that travelled with the flight have been cleared while the remaining two are still being held in London,” NDLEA said.

Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, has ordered the investigation.

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“We have received report of the arrest and I have ordered a full scale investigation of the incident. Anyone found wanting shall be brought to book as no effort shall be spared in protecting the image of our country,” Giade said.

On 8 August, 2007, officials of the NDLEA arrested a Virgin Atlantic crew member with drugs in a London bound flight. The crew member,  Mohammed Ibrahim Wudil, was caught at the Lagos airport with 1.743kg of cocaine.

The drug which was concealed in a black polythene bag inside a hand luggage was found in the flight compartment.

—Simon Ateba/Aviation correspondent

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