Freight Attendant In NDLEA Custody For Allegedly Slipping Drugs Into Passenger’s Luggage


LAGOS JANUARY 19TH (NEWSRANGERS)-A freight attendant who allegedly ‘slipped’ illicit drugs into the luggage of a passenger at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport is in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The agency confirmed the development  on Friday, after a video of the incident went viral on Thursday, eliciting reactions from Nigerians across the social media.

The video, captioned, “That’s how a stupid FAAN tried to set us up to smuggle drugs…”, also showed the freight attendant, incoherently conceding to the allegations.

While responding to THE WHISTLER via a WhatsApp text, the spokesperson of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi refuted claims that the accused is a staff of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

“Both the suspect and consignment are with us. The suspect is however not a FAAN personnel but a staff of a freight company.

“One of the two substances in the consignment tested positive to tramadol and the other supplement,” Babafemi said.

The incident has further raised conversations surrounding the authenticity of NDLEA operations and the reports of arrests made at the various airports in the country.

Babafemi in further conversation with THE WHISTLER via telephone call, explained that the suspects worked with a Pathfinder freight company, and had only allegedly approached the passenger for assistance to convey the illicit substance to his direction of travel.

He said, “The man who posted the information, abinitio, posted the wrong information. He said they found cocaine in his bag, which is not true.

“That guy works with a freight company, called The Pathfinder, and he obviously gained access into the airport through his airport tag, otherwise he should have been detected at the entrance.

“But what they do is, they come to the checkpoint to look for who is going to their direction to give a parcel to for delivery to another person to another end.

“So, it wasn’t as if he slipped something into his bag, he approached him and gave him a consignment and it has not even gotten to the screening side at all. If you look at that area, you will see that that was the outer screening area where you check in…

“That was when the guy asked him what was inside the parcel.”

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