Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has debunked some news headlines accusing some foreign airlines of running drug cartels in the country.
Hon. Dabiri-Erewa described the headline which reads “Egypt, Ethiopian Airlines Running Drug Cartels in Nigeria” as a figment of the Reporter’s imagination.
In a statement in Abuja on Thursday by the Media aide to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Abdur-Rahman Balogun stated that the headline was totally incorrect and not a true reflection of what she said during the Senate committee public hearing chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya on Wednesday.
Dabiri-Erewa had during the hearing stressed the need for those two airlines to ensure compulsory baggage identification as all cases recorded on issue of drugs had been from both airlines.
The representative of Ethiopian Air, who was also at the public hearing, promised that baggage identification would be strengthened.
The Senate public hearing was geared towards probing the circumstances surrounding the framing up and eventual arrest of Zainab Aliyu in Saudi Arabia over allegation of carrying tramadol drug in her baggage.
“Members of the public are hereby urged to discountenance previous publication that is contrary to this clarification. ” Dabiri-Erewa urged.