Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Arik staff caught with N180m worth of cocaine at Heathrow airport

A female Arik staff was arrested yesterday Tuesday May 21st at Heathrow airport London for allegedly carrying cocaine worth about N180 million. Temitayo Olubunmi Daramola was arrested with 6kg of cocaine while another hostess Delita Abibimgbi was arrested for having 60 packets of cigarettes in her possession. The max limit of cigarettes any passenger is allowed to carry is 10 packs.

Security at Heathrow Airport detained Temitayo and Delita after detecting the illicit drugs in their possession. They are being held in custody by the UK authorities in London.

Arik Air has since reacted to the incident. The airline company's spokesman Banji Ola confirmed the detention of the two cabin crew members and said the airline will fully co-operate with all authorities involved in the investigation. Read the airline's statement after the cut...

    "Arik Air carries out very stringent checks on all members of staff and its travelling guests ahead of all flights. It 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".

Meanwhile the Chief Executive of the Nigerian Drug Law and Enforcement Agency, Ahmadu Giade, has ordered officials of the agency to commence investigation into the matter.

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