Ikeja- Ahmadu Giade, Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Friday called on airlines to take necessary steps to prevent drug trafficking in the country.
The spokesman for the agency, Mitchell Ofoyeju, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos.
According to the statement, the United Kingdom authorities have released the Arik crew member that was allegedly found in possession of cigarettes.
"The crew, a female, is currently helping NDLEA officers in the ongoing investigation.
"The crew member, who was reportedly found with 6kg of substance suspected to be cocaine, is still being quizzed in London,” the statement quoted Giade as saying.
The statement warned that any airline found wanting would be penalised, pointing out that section 25 of the NDLEA Act outlined the responsibilities of airlines.
"It shall be the duty of every commercial carrier to take reasonable precaution to ensure that its means of transport are not used in the commission of offences under this Act.
"They are to comply with appropriate security measures at points of entry and exit in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other customs control areas, to prevent unauthorised cargo in its means of transportation,” it stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 25 of the NDLEA Act stipulates training of personnel to identify suspicious consignment or persons, promotion of integrity of their personnel and submission of cargo manifests in advance.
It also provides for the use of tamper-resistant, individually verifiable seals on containers and reporting to the agency at the earliest opportunity all suspicious circumstances relating to drug trafficking.