NDLEA Seizes 200KG Of Hard Drugs At Lagos, Abuja, Kano Airports

A picture released by the NDLEA on March 21, 2021 shows substance tested to be cocaine concealed in dry local pepper.

 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted 200 kilogrammes of illicit substances from suspected traffickers at three airports.

The defiant traffickers had attempted to export the hard drugs through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano, the spokesperson for the agency, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

At the Lagos airport, 41-year-old Adewuyi Olayinka was arrested while trying to export 650 grammes of cocaine wrapped in two parcels to the United Kingdom through the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA cargo in Ikeja.

The NDLEA Commander at MMIA Command, Ahmadu Garba, explained that the drug was concealed in dry local pepper and herbal concoction.

In this picture released by the NDLEA on March 21, 2021, substance tested to be hard drug is hidden in a bottle of herbal concoction.

 

Elsewhere, 107 kilogrammes of hard drug suspected to be khat was seized at the cargo shed of the Kano Airport while being exported to Canada.

According to the Acting NDLEA Commander at the airport, Mohammed Ajiya, the drug was concealed in golden colour nylon bags covered with textile materials and labelled tea, to deceive and mislead the operatives.

“The so-called tea arose the suspicion of officers at the cargo shed who insisted that it must be subjected to laboratory analysis and test before it will be allowed to go, because the so-called tea came from Lagos by road to Kano and our operatives wondered why the owner did not ship it via Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.

“Hence, the reason the shipment was delayed until the sample was taken and sent to our forensic lab for analysis; the result came out positive for khat, it has since been seized and is now in our custody,” Ajiya said.

A picture released by the NDLEA on March 21, 2021, shows substance tested to be hard drug concealed in a sack of dried moringa leaves.

 

In the nation’s capital, NDLEA operatives foiled an attempt by a suspected trafficker to export 92.250 kilogrammes of khat via Turkish Air through the cargo warehouse at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, who is the NDLEA Commander at the Abuja Airport, noted that the hard drug packed in six cartoons was heading to Goussainville in France.

He said the clearing agent processing the consignment for export claimed the cargo was dried moringa leaves as stated in the airway bill but upon laboratory tests, it turned out to be hard drug.

In his reaction, the Chairman of the anti-drug agency, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa, commended the commanders and operatives of the three international airports for their vigilance and efforts to secure Nigerians and citizens of destination countries from the menace of illicit drugs.

NDLEA Arrests ‘Notorious Drug Trafficker’, Recovers Cocaine Hidden In Monarch’s Palace

This photo collage created on March 8, 2021, shows Hassan Taiwo with a bag containing substances believed to be cocaine.

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has a notorious suspected drug trafficker, Hassan Taiwo, with three parcels of cocaine concealed in a false bottom created in his suitcase.

Mr Femi Babafemi, who is the Director of Media and Advocacy at the agency, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

He noted that the suspect was arrested by operatives of the agency at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA).

According to the statement, preliminary investigations reveal that Hassan who was intercepted at the E-Arrival hall of the MMIA at the weekend, upon arrival onboard Ethiopian airlines at 1:30pm Friday, has been plying the illicit trade through the middle east routes for some time.

“The suspect came into Nigeria through Addis-Ababa but he actually travelled to Addis-Ababa from Abuja,” the Commander of MMIA NDLEA Command, Ahmadu Garba, was quoted as saying in a statement.

He added, “Upon a thorough search, we discovered another ticket on him while our findings also show that he has been plying his criminal trade through some Middle East countries.”

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

In the same vein, narcotic officers attached to a courier company in Lagos were said to have intercepted 500grammes of unaccompanied cocaine going to the United Arab Emirates and concealed inside the walls of packed cartons containing clothes.

The operatives also intercepted in another courier firm one kilogramme of cannabis concealed in cream bottles going to UAE, while 500grammes of ketamine hidden in artefacts and going to the US was recovered from the same company in Lagos.

Another 480grammes of unaccompanied methamphetamine going to China was recovered from the same courier company.

Elsewhere, operatives of the Anambra State Command of the agency recovered 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroine concealed in the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in the state.

The NDLEA commander in the state, Muhammadu Idris, noted that investigations were ongoing to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in the palace.

He added that the palace security guards were helping the agency to trace the dealer behind the consignment.

In his reaction, the Chairman of the NDLEA, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa, commended the personnel involved in the operations for their vigilance and urged them not to relent in the fight against drug abuse in the country.

Update: FAAN Removes Obstruction, Reopens Runway At Lagos Airport

FAAN Constitutes Panel To Investigate Fire Incident
File photo.

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has reopened Runway 18R/36L at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.

This was after the removal of Azman Air’s Boeing 737-500 aircraft which was grounded in the middle of the runway causing an obstruction.

READ ALSO: FAAN Temporarily Shuts Runway At Lagos Airport

The aircraft with registration 5N SYS, and flight number ZQ2325 was grounded in the middle of the runway on Tuesday after a tyre burst while it was landing on this runway.

This caused the airlines to cancel flights.

The spokesperson for FAAN, Yakubu Henrietta in an update posted on the agency’s official Twitter handle said that the aircraft was removed in the early hours of Wednesday and the runway is now opened for operation.

 

FAAN Temporarily Shuts Runway At Lagos Airport

File photo used to illustrate the story

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced the temporary closure of Runway 18R/36L at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.

This closure according to a statement signed on Tuesday by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, was due to a landing incident.

“The closure is due to a landing incident involving a Boeing 737 Azman Air aircraft with registration 5N SYS, and flight number ZQ2325. The aircraft had a tyre burst after landing on this runway,” FAAN said.

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The agency added that all passengers and crew onboard the aircraft were safely evacuated and officials of FAAN Air Rescue and Fire Fighting Services, are working to ensure the aircraft is towed out of the runway, so as to restore normalcy.

 

Find below the full statement announcing the closure:

 

FAAN TEMPORARILY CLOSES RUNWAY 18R IN LAGOS.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria hereby announces a temporary closure of Runway 18R/36L at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.

The closure is due to a landing incident involving a Boeing 737 Azman Air aircraft with registration 5N SYS, and flight number ZQ2325. The aircraft had a tyre burst after landing on this runway.

All passengers and crew onboard the aircraft were safely evacuated at 1908 hours, and officials of FAAN Air Rescue and Fire Fighting Services, AIB, and NAHCO are already working to ensure the aircraft is towed out of the runway, so as to restore normalcy.

Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs.)

General Manager, Corporate Affairs

NDLEA Arrests Another Suspected Cocaine Trafficker At Lagos Airport

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a suspect, Ukaegbu Onyekachi, for cocaine trafficking.

Onyekachi was intercepted on Tuesday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, according to Ahmadu Garba, a senior official of the anti-drug agency.

He confirmed that the suspect was arrested with 3.30 kilogrammes of the illicit drugs during the inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines at the E-arrival hall of the airport.

READ ALSO: NDLEA Makes Biggest Single Cocaine Seizure From Individual In 15 Years

Garba, who is the NDLEA commander at the airport, explained that Onyekachi arrived in Nigeria onboard Ethiopian Airways from Sao Paulo in Brazil via Addis Ababa.

He disclosed that the hard drugs were cleverly concealed in t-shirt stickers, but the suspect could not escape the eagle eyes of the NDLEA detectives.

The newly-appointed Chairman of the NDLEA, Buba Marwa, had issued marching orders to commanders in the agency to mop up illicit drugs across the country.

Following the directive by the NDLEA boss, the agency said it had made the biggest single seizure of cocaine from an individual in the last 15 years.

NDLEA detectives seized 26.84 kilogrammes of cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, on Wednesday last week.

A female suspect, Onyejegbu Jennifer, who had also just returned to Nigeria from Sao Paulo via Addis Ababa was arrested in connection with the offence.

“A field test was conducted on the recovered substances and proved positive to cocaine and weighed 26.850kilogrammes,” the agency said in a statement released on Saturday last week.

It added, “The suspect who is a hairstylist and based in Brazil was interviewed and she confessed to having agreed to smuggle the hard drug for the sum of two million naira (N2,000,000) only.

“Although she refused to disclose the names of her associates, she mentioned that she was asked to hand over the drugs to another person. The street value of this singular seizure is put at over N21 billion.”

Unions Protest Against Planned Concession Of Four Airports

Aviation workers protested the concession of four airports on August 31, 2020.
Aviation workers protested the concession of four airports on August 31, 2020.

 

Workers under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals, (ANAP), and the National Air Transport Employees of Nigeria, (NUATE), have protested against the planned concession of four International Airports in the Country.

The workers, who held the protest at the Ilorin International Airport in Kwara State on Monday, lamented that previous concessions by the Federal Government has not yielded any fruit, and handing over the four airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano to concessionaires, could lead to great loss to the country and loss of jobs to the people.

Recently, the Federal Government said it has commenced the concession process after the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, received an outline business case certificate of compliance from ICRC.

According to the Chairman, Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals, Sunday Ugbeikwu, the move is not an acceptable one.

“The Federal Government in conjunction with Minister of Aviation wants to concession our airports and we are saying no, they cannot concession our patrimony, we inherited it, and it is not in our watch it will happen,” he said.

While listing other facilities and infrastructures, he added that no concession has worked in Nigeria “because we are not transparent and they want to bring it into the aviation industry and we are saying no to the concession. They are not transparent in their policies.

“They said they want to draft our pensioners into PENCOM, for your information, FAAN is owing PENCOM to the tune of about N85 billion. If they do not clear those debts, they are mortgaging our destiny,” he expressed.

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The Federal Government had stated that there is no going back on its plan to concession the four major airports in the country as it seeks to improve its safety and capacity.

According to Mr Sirika, the Government does not have money to put into these businesses and they don’t want to sell these facilities either.

But the Secretary, National Air Transport Employees of Nigeria, Abdulazeez Sanni, stressed that the move to single out the commercially viable airports will lead to job losses.

“We have 22 airports in the country, four are viable, most especially Lagos. Now they want to single out the viable ones and concession them, when the private sector takes over the airports that generate money and is now in the hands of concessionaires, where will they get money to pay staff?

“If these four have been taken over, who takes care of the remaining airports, who will pay salary? How is it possible that people will not lose their jobs?

“These are the things we want the whole world to know and to look into it. If you want to concession, there are options,” he urged.

 

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Minister Speaks About Flight Diversions, Cancellations At Lagos Airport

A file photo of the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

 

 

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has reacted to the diversion and outright cancellation of flights at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

A statement by the Director of Public Affairs, James Odaudu, on Thursday said the minister noted with great concern the experiences of air travellers to and from the airport Lagos, as a result of highly inclement weather conditions.

Sirika, however, gave the assurance that authorities at the airport were in the process of replacing the old Category 2 Instrument Landing Systems with the newly procured Category 3 system that allows for the lowest visibility landing.

He, however, regretted that there was a malfunctioning of certain components, which, coupled with the unforeseen weather conditions, made landing at the airport difficult.

“The procurement of the Category 3 Instrument landing system is in pursuance of the desire of the Federal Government to ensure the safety of air passengers by ensuring that airplanes can land with almost zero visibility.

“We wish to assure the public and the airlines, that efforts are on to return the system to full working condition and that normalcy of operations will be re-established in due course,” the minister said.

On the diversion of incoming international flights to neighbouring countries, he stated that the decisions were purely those of the airlines which the government has no control over.

According to Sirika, such flights could and should have been rerouted to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja which is shorter or equidistant from Lagos to the foreign airports to which some of the flights have been diverted.

He disclosed that in recognition of Abuja as an alternate airport, Qatar airlines has applied to divert its flights there and the request was immediately approved.

“It is left to be seen why some others decided to divert to another country,” the minister wondered.

He added, “We wish to use this medium to assure the general public that the comfort, safety and, security of the flying populace remain the central focus of this administration and that no effort would be spared in ensuring this.”

FAAN Reveals Identity Of Man Who Climbed Aircraft At Lagos Airport

 

The man who climbed on an Azman Aircraft waiting for clearance from Air Traffic Controllers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos on Friday is Nigerien.

This is according to the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Yadudu, who identified the man as one Mr Usman Adamu, who resides in Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State.

The airside incursion led to the indefinite suspension of four Aviation Security unit heads.

Captain Yadudu, at a briefing in Kano on Saturday in reaction to the incident, said Adamu is currently with the Airport Police Command and the authorities consider it a serious security breach.

“The suspect identified as Usman Adamu, a Nigerien in origin and who claimed to reside in Iyana Ipaja, on the 19th of July was reported to have appeared at the domestic end of the taxiway and attempted to gain access to the aircraft while it was taxying to the holding point.

“He was apprehended, detained and is currently with the Airport police command as our investigation progresses.

“The authority considers this incident a serious security breach and an air sight incursion, this is unfortunate and embarrassing.”

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The FAAN boss said efforts have been put in place to upgrade the security apparatus at the airport and the agency takes full responsibility for the incident.

“FAAN takes full responsibility for this incident as we remain fully committed to our core values.

“The Federal Government, through the Ministry of transport and the honourable minister of state for aviation, has assisted in awarding contracts for the fortification of perimeter fences through the erection of biometric security fences with intrusion detection devices and CCTV cameras with infrared capabilities for night activities. This is also in addition to observation towers being erected to ensure total coverage of the airport.

“We assure our esteemed travelling public that these measures will be upgraded, additional measures with regards to escorts of aircraft will also be intensified.”

Air Peace Aircraft Collide At Lagos Airport

A ground collision of two aircraft belonging to Air Peace has been reported at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos state.

The incident was said to have occurred while one of the aircraft was trying to manoeuver its way out of the apron wing of the local terminal of the airport.

This is coming barely 48 hours after an Aero Contractor aircraft was engulfed in smoke while attempting to land in Lagos from Port Harcourt.

Spokesman for Air Peace, Chris Iwarah says although the point of contact was slightly impacted, no passenger was involved in the accident.

162 Nigerians Return From Libya

Libya162 Nigerians stranded in Libya have voluntarily returned to the country.

The returnees comprising 132 males, 27 females and 3 children arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday aboard an airbus A320 aircraft.

Two of the returnees, who were in critical condition were immediately taken to hospital for medical attention.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the return was facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Swiss government and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.

Private Operators To Manage Lagos Airport, Three Others

Lagos AirportThe federal government has announced plans to concession four major airports as part of efforts to develop and secure the aviation sector and diversify the nation’s economy.

Addressing aviation industry players ‎in Abuja, the Minister of State for Aviation, Captain Hadi Sirika, announced that the airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt will be managed by private sector operators.

He also announced plans by the federal government to establish aviation development bank and an aviation university to provide funding and quality technical manpower for the industry.

It was the first aviation stakeholders’ forum since the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came on board.

The Minister reiterated the commitment of the federal government to fast track the development of the sector through public private partnership.

He used the occasion to announce the streamlining of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the creation of employment opportunities for Nigerian pilots.

Although the presentation of the Minister received an applause from the stakeholders, some of them expressed concerns about the activities of some agencies under the ministry.

Others appealed to the federal government to urgently address the challenges being faced in the industry.

The one day forum which attracted airline operators, pilots and captains of the aviation industry is aimed at strengthening the sector towards efficient service delivery.

Panel Submits Report On Destruction Of BRT Buses On Ikorodu Rd

fasholaLagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday promised to act on the recommendations of the report of the Tribunal of Enquiry on the Road Traffic Accident, Arson and Vandalism on BRT buses at Palmgrove, along Ikorodu Road.

Mr Fashola, who spoke at Lagos House, Ikeja explained that the report would still have to go through council deliberations and debates.

He stated that there is no Tribunal of Enquiry or Commission that the State Government has set up in the past whose report has not been developed into a White Paper report.

Fashola also stated that a White Paper on the report of the Tribunal of Enquiry would be issued which would communicate what government decisions on the recommendations are and the actions that would follow.

The Governor also stressed that the protection of life and property remains the principal duty for which governments exist and that whenever such unfortunate incidents occur, government must do everything to ensure that they do not reoccur.

Speaking earlier while presenting the report, which is in eight volumes, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, said the Tribunal has recommended an upgrading of the Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) and further empower it to effectively carry out its regulatory functions in relation to transportation in Lagos State.

He added that the Governor of Lagos State should demand an apology from the Nigerian Army and that the Nigerian Army should on behalf of the 9th Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment, apologize in writing to the people of Lagos State and that such apology should be published in at least two national newspapers in order to reduce the constant friction between the military and the bus operators.