Two workers of Arik Air have been arrested in connection with alleged drug trafficking at the Heathrow Airport in London.
Both the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Arik Air are investigating the circumstances that led to the drug trafficking by the duo said to be cabin crew members of the airline. It was learnt that one of the suspects was found in possession of 6kg of cocaine while the other was found with 60 packets of cigarettes.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade ordered the investigation of the two crew members of Arik Air, the airline, however, said it would wait for the outcome of the investigation before it could come out with a statement on the situation.
There are indications that Arik Air may be fined if the suspects are found guilty of the illicit act in line with aviation practice.
The Arik Air flight reportedly took off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, on Monday. Eight out of 10 crew members that travelled with the flight were said to have been cleared while the remaining two were still being held in London.
According to the Spokesman for Arik Air, Banji Ola; “the attention of the management of Arik Air has been drawn to the detention in UK of two of its cabin crew members in connection with alleged possession of items suspected to be banned substances.
“Arik Air is co-operating fully with the UK authorities and all other concerned agencies in their investigations.”
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