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.”