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Another Arik Air Staff Member Embroiled in Drug Trafficking Saga



Ikechukwu Chibuzor Oliver

Following the arrest of Arik Air crew member, Chika Egwu Udensi for drug trafficking, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has revealed that another of the airline’s employees assisted Udensi in his illegal activities.

According to Daily Post, the employee named Ikechukwu Chibuzor Oliver, has confessed to being an accomplice in the smuggling of Udensi’s 20kg of cocaine to London.

Oliver, who is from Abia State told authorities:

“It was Chika that introduced me into the drug deal. Whenever Chika gives me the drug, I will hide it in catering supplies. Chika knows where to collect the drug inside the flight. They pay me N400,000 per bag. I was expecting N1.2m for the three bags that I smuggled into the aircraft.”

Revealing more facts about the case, authorities stated:

The 20kg of cocaine found with Chika in London was concealed within the construction of laptop bags. The quantity and estimated street value of the cocaine is over N100 million.

The latest Range Rover (Land Rover) car belonging to the prime suspect parked on the airline’s premises had been moved to the NDLEA office as exhibit.

As part of investigation, the rented apartment of Chika on Pastor Ojediran Street Ejigbo, Lagos was searched by operatives of the NDLEA. He lives there with the mother and siblings while his wife and children are based in Canada.

Speaking on the case, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Ahmadu Giade said:

“The agency has taken drastic measures to avert infiltration of airport workers by criminal syndicates. Airline officials and airport workers shall be subjected to comprehensive search. The NDLEA will resist any act capable of undermining security at all entry and exit points.”


  1. Mystique

    August 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Ikechukwu Chibuzor………another brother to the previous Arik guy and Malaysian guy! get the hint??? na wah.

    • Tae

      August 28, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Before one even opens the articles on drug dealers caught you already know that 90% chances are that he is Igbo .

    • sbr

      August 28, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Oh shut up. Given half a chance a Yoruba or Hausa man would smuggle drugs. Stop talking crap and stop being so tribalistic, it will help you in your life. I’m not Igbo or from the south, I’m also not ignorant!

    • nnenne

      August 29, 2015 at 12:13 am

      @Tar… You mean the errand boys right?
      Please find out who the real drug lords are.
      You will be shocked.

    • adelegirl

      August 28, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Don’t be silly. Growing up, it was commonly known that drug dealing was (maybe still is and they’re more clever in avoiding arrest) the forte of SW people. Entertainers were especially used as drug mules (remember the ogogo saga where his illness was allegedly due to drug smuggling gone wrong and the other popular female yoruba actress that was caught and actually served time in kirikiri). You can’t lump crimes with a particular ethnicity especially when there’s ample evidence of people of various ethnicities involved in the crime.

  2. cherry

    August 28, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Most of arik staffs can’t just be trusted, infact I can’t use their service for anything , my sis boarded arik airline from heathrow to naija by the time sis got her luggage, it has been tampered with n some things were stolen from her box , to now add salt upon the injury the process of laying a complaint is another crazy journey, u don’t want to go through …. arik needs to rebrand cos some of ur staffs keep tarnishing ur image.

    • pinkie

      August 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm


  3. vien

    August 28, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Na wa…

  4. I no send

    August 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Corruption is the root of all this…some people took money to look the other way. Why does this not happen as often in airlines like BA

  5. A Real Nigerian

    August 28, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Another igbo man engaging in fraud.
    What a shame.

  6. Zandyzay

    August 28, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Did I just read 20Kg????!!!! How many kg b bag of cement abeg???!!

  7. Kadara

    August 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Another one from the “hardworking group” ! Later they will tell us how business say and hardworking they are when the seed money for their business is usually from drugs. Na wa

  8. Hanee

    August 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    The airline is not even safe for passengers again because these people can put things in your load. But their baggage allowance is tempting sha

  9. Ufuoma

    August 28, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Y’all need to chill with the tribalism, people from every tribe have been caught with drugs,a greedy person is a greedy person irrespective of tribe,I’m shocked that in this day and age we are still stuck with all these tribal stereotypes.

    • A Real Nigerian

      August 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Igbos are known for their dishonest and fraudulent ways.
      Yorubas are known for being very dirty and inconsiderately forcing elements of their ethnicity down people’s throats.
      Hausa are known for mass illiteracy.
      Yes, it is wrong to generalise, but at least one is certain that more than half the population of the aforementioned ethnic groups are guilty of those things, hence, the stereotyping.
      It’s just a fact. Whether it is right or wrong to stereotype doesn’t really change anything.

    • Ijebujesha

      August 28, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Yorubas are also known for yahoo-yahoo and lately ritual killings on the rise in Yorubaland. I am as Yoruba as they come and even more, just keeping it real.. Let’s wipe off the dirt in our eyes before looking at someone else’s.

    • Mystique

      August 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks boo…….spot on!

    • nnenne

      August 29, 2015 at 12:45 am

      @ A Real Nigeria. ..Wait a minute. Which ethnic group do you think rendered Nigeria useless?
      Which ethnic group stole Nigerian money more than others. Who ruled Nigeria the most? When Nigeria was really rich? Who gave out contracts and asked for certain percentages?
      You remember military officers, presidents, ministers? So Igbos had these positions more than the other tribes?
      Do you realize that top ranking military officers were drug lords, even when an Igbo man did not know what drugs were.
      Everyone will be pretending that they hate money but Nigeria nation was not robbed dry by Igbos, who just emerged from the civil war. Get that?
      In fact if you lost everything you have, received 20 pounds for all your life savings, lost your properties to “abandoned property”, lost your human resources – fathers, mothers, relations to massacre, have a job you are qualified for, given to someone, whose JAMB and WASC are nowhere close to yours, trust me, you will definitely do worst than these guys.

      If you have decided that Igbos are all criminals. That’s OK.
      But trust me, the little good name Nigeria has outside is mostly because of the Igbos.
      Remember , they are not even the most populated tribe.
      If the biggest tribes are contributing as much, Nigeria would have been a lot better.
      Think of Emegwali, Chinedu Echeruo , to name but a few!!

    • Kiiki

      August 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Well said Ufuoma.

      Apparently, some knuckleheads can’t think past “Tribalism”!

    • sbr

      August 28, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Please remember this the next time a hausa man plants a bomb or a yourba man beats a woman up it’s not about where the individual is from but about their personal choices.


      August 28, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      What if I tell you, most of the suicide bombers in Nigeria are not Hausa? Or that people from Borno and Yobe are not Hausa? Or that Shekau does not speak Hausa fluently? Please look up the tribes from that region in order to make better arguments in the future. Cheers!

  10. Papaadex

    August 28, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Igbo Boy !

  11. hmmmm

    August 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Firstly, can we stop directing the accusation to a certain tribe. Unfortunately, I will like to add that this is sheer greed and not all Arik staff are greedy.

  12. Words on Marble

    August 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Mystique, Tae, A real Nigerian, Kadara, Papaadex, How is it that your known shared character is tribalism, stupidity perharps? When the story indicts another ethnic group, maybe one you are from, what will your reaction be?

    • Mystique

      August 28, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      *Stupidity perhaps*??? lol. Sweetie, it takes one to know one. go figure!

    • Blessedheart

      August 29, 2015 at 11:18 am

      The statement ‘it takes one to know one’ is very irritating. How can you even say it takes a stupid person to know another stupid person? Does that really make sense to you?

  13. lolarae

    August 28, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    My igbo people please focus on refining your ways in such a manner that you dont discriminate the poor ones among you.#
    also the energy you spend in Trading insults with yorubas who dont go all around the globe smuggling drugs should be toned down
    if you can channel your energy towards reducing poverty in your land that has been characterised by human eating and kidnapping your successful kiths life will be easier for you .
    I wont be suprised if Arik stops employing Igbos
    my own two cents

  14. Mystique

    August 28, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    My thank you message was for @ A real Nigerian just so there’s no confusion………

  15. Bowl

    August 28, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    All you Igbo haters, fact remains that you continue to live in awe of him without knowing why.

  16. Bowl

    August 28, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Whoever is greater than you is greater than you however he chooses to attain that greatness

  17. anonymous

    August 28, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    @lolarae i cant with your stupidity. so in your pseudo intellectual mind now you’ve made a point abi? o ni ra nu

  18. Na wah!

    August 28, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Not supporting. Drug Trafficking , Arik staff welfare very poor, salaries not paid regularly wot do u expect, staff become desperate really sad not and excuse though.

  19. mabel

    August 29, 2015 at 7:54 am

    @Lolarae you are foolish. By their statements you shall know them.

  20. Blessedheart

    August 29, 2015 at 11:21 am

    We really need to stop with all these tribal generalisations. It doesn’t help anyone. I was expecting a sensible discussion on drug trafficking not this. BN commenters, we can do better.

  21. Demsy

    August 29, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Folks, why do we dissipate our energies regionalising crimes and criminal acts? Throwing banter over criminality is no better than committing the crime itself. Drug peddling is absolutely unacceptable in our society; having being perpetrated by staff of an airline makes the case most worrisome. For me, this evil act should be condemned by across tribes and tongues, irrespective of who was involved. We are Nigerians, United by our sovereignty. Let us stop segmentation through border lines and focus on how to collectively move our nation to desired greatness.

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