National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered a cartel whose stock in trade is planting illicit drugs in travellers’ luggage.
A statement by the chairman of the anti-drug agency, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (rtd), disclosed this.
The lid of the illicit business, according to Abdallah, was blown off following the arrest of one Zainab Aliyu, a Nigerian, by the Saudi Arabia police for allegedly trafficking in tramadol last December while she was on Lesser Hajj.
Subsequently, a petition authored by Zainab’s father claiming his daughter was framed up and asking for investigation into how the drugs found its way into her luggage, exposed a gang of seven staff of Aminu Kano Airport who specialise in planting travellers’ bags.
It also revealed that many Nigerians who have been killed by the Saudi Arabia authorities for drug trafficking were innocent of the crimes they were convicted for, the NDLEA boss said.
Abdallah gave the names of members of the cartel who have been arraigned as, Idris Umar Shehu (alias Umar Sanda), Sanni Suleiman, Nuhu Adamu, Rhoda Adetunji, Udosen Itoro Henry and Sanni Hamisu.