Thursday, 3 November 2016

Four NAHCO workers investigated for drug trafficking

Four employees of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc have been quizzed by the National
Drug Law Enforcement Agency for their alleged involvement in a botched exportation of 144 kilogrammes of ephedrine to Maputo, Mozambique.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects are the Chief Security Supervisor of NAHCO, Audu Garba, two security officers, Nasiru Ibrahim and Haruna Abdullahi, as well as a driver, Adamu Dasura.
It was learnt that one Victor Ahenje, a Load Controller, who was said to be on the run, has been declared wanted.

The suspects were alleged to have aided drug traffickers to hide the drug inside noodles and cartons containing relaxers and cereals.

The drug, was however, intercepted by the NDLEA operatives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, during the outward screening of shipment to be transported via an Ethiopian airline flight on Monday.
The NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, Mr. Hamisu Lawan, said the NAHCO officials worked at the cargo section of the airport and were currently being quizzed by investigators.

 “We have commenced the interrogation of the workers of NAHCO in connection with the attempt to export 144kg of ephedrine to Maputo, Mozambique. Preliminary investigation suggests flagrant lapses on the part of NAHCO security. So far, they are cooperating with our team of investigators,” Hamisu added.

The NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd.) called for proper scrutiny of airport staff to prevent acts of sabotage and compromise capable of undermining national security.

He said, “This is a suspected case of conspiracy involving workers within the airport community. The agency is investigating the level of involvement of the suspects under interrogation and anyone indicted shall be prosecuted.”


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