The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, said it has only fourteen sniffer drugs for its operation across the country.
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NDLEA chairman, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd) disclosed this on Wednesday at an investigative hearing an ad-hoc Committee of the Senate set up to look into the circumstances leading to the arrest last December of a Nigerian lady, Zainab Aliyu by Saudi Arabian authorities.
Abdallah who was represented at the gathering said the anti-drug agency was not working to full capacity in all the country’s airports saying it was incapacitated by absence of facilities including sniffer dogs.
He said, “Throughout the federation, NDLEA only has 14 sniffer dogs stationed in Lagos and we don’t even have one to detect drugs at the Aminu Kano International Airport at all.”
In the same vein, the Airport Chief of Security at the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), Mr. El-Yakub Usman Lamir, revealed that the scanners at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, were not configured to detect drugs.
Chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NDC), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa in her own remark, hurled accusation at Egypt and Ethiopian Airlines, alleging both of running drug cartels across Nigeria’s international airports.