It’s one of the oldest drugs trafficking tricks in the books, but somehow this Arik Air employee still decided to try his luck out, and transport cocaine to London from Lagos.
Chika Egwu Udensi, a male cabin crew member of Arik Air, was arrested at London Heathrow Airport by Border Patrol for possession of cocaine. Allegedly about 20kg worth of cocaine (N105m street value). The arrest occurred shortly after flight W3101 Air Air Flight from Lagos, landed in London, UK.
Following the arrest, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agengy on Tuesday stormed the headquarters of Arik Air in Ikeja, Lagos, and have launched a full scale investigation on the issue, and as it pertains to Arik Air.
NDLEA agents searched Udensi’s latest Range Rover parked on the airline’s premises.
A spokesperson from Arik Air had this to say about the incident, and reaffirmed that they have a zero tolerance on drugs, and illegal trafficking:
The airline again reaffirms its commitment to the fight against drug and illicit substances’ trafficking and will not tolerate the use of any of its aircraft or crew for the courier of banned items and substances. Arik Air carries out very stringent checks on all members of staff and its travelling guests ahead of all flights. The airline will continue to focus its attention on measures to prevent the possibility of any future similar incidents. Arik Air is a responsible Nigerian company always seeking to maintain and uphold the integrity and proud reputation of the nation.
2 years ago two crew members of the Arik Air were similarly nabbed by the UK Border Force in London for the same offence.