By Adebayo Williams
The Chief Security Supervisor of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, NAHCO, is currently cooling his heels in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA. The chief and three others are suspected to have been involved with the exportation of 144 kilogrammes of Ephedrine to Mozambique via an Ethiopian Airlines plane. The drug was found well packced inside noodles cartons together with relaxers and cereals. Premium Times reported that one Victor Ahenje, an official of NAHCO, was on the run. The plot, according to the NDLEA, was to smuggle the illegal shipment out of the country in an Ethiopian airline flight; but it was timely intercepted.
The NDLEA Commander at the Abuja airport, Hamisu Lawan, said some officials who are working at the cargo section were invited for questioning and four NAHCO staff were subsequently detained.
“Those being interrogated in respect of the seized drug include the Chief Security Supervisor, Audu Garba, two security officers, Nasiru Ibrahim and Haruna Abdullahi, as well as a driver, Adamu Dasura.
“Preliminary investigation suggests flagrant lapses on the part of NACHO security in charge of cargo. So far, they are cooperating with our team of investigators,” Lawan said.
The NDLEA boss added that proactive measures such as constant security vetting of airport staff must be taken to ensure strict security compliance at key installations.