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NDLEA says number of drug courier arrests low

28 June 2012, 15:06

 Abuja - The number of arrests of drug traffickers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja  (NAIA) has reduced by half, Mr Lawal Hamisu, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) Commander at the airport, has noted.

Hamisu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the number decreased following the installation of modern scanners at the airport.

He said that between January, when the equipment was installed, and June, only five suspected drug peddlers were arrested at the airport compared to the average of 10 arrested before installation.

"We arrested a minimum of 10 drug barons in a month before, but it has gone so low now that in a month, there may not even be one arrest."

According to him, another factor which has contributed to the reduction in the frequency of international flights operating at the airport compared with what those at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

"With fewer international airlines operating at the NAIA, there is the tendency that the supposed criminals will use it less for their heinous act."

Hamisu said that with increased collaboration and constant training of personnel, the NDLEA would further reduce the activities of drug couriers.


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