The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has commended the effort of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for unravelling the drug syndicate notorious for planting drugs in innocent travellers’ luggage, especially those embarking on Umrah to Saudi Arabia.
The cartel, made up of airport officials handling travellers’ luggage according to reports takes advantage of their weighing and tagging exercises to plant drugs in them thereby implicating them in a crime they know nothing about.
NAHCON in a statement signed by its Head, Public Affairs Division, Fatima Sanda Usara, said the two agencies will continue to work together in ensuring a drug-incident-free Umrah season and Hajj 2019 period.
“Thankfully, this discovery has given hope for the redemption of Zainab Habibu Aliyu from incarceration, the young lady who pleaded ignorance of drug baggage tagged in her name.
“Consequently, the Commission has ordered its lawyers in Saudi Arabia to complement efforts of the Nigerian mission in the Kingdom in securing Zainab’s timely release back to the country.
“Furthermore, the Commission, in collaboration with sister agencies, will deploy the necessary staff and technology at Hajj departure centres nationwide to ensure the security of pilgrims and their luggage against abuse and drug peddling in any guise,” the statement assured.