An Emirates flight EK 262 from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, yesterday made an emergency landing in Lagos due to the deteriorating health condition of a suspected cocaine trafficker.
Screening by anti-narcotic officials found four passengers positive for drug ingestion who are currently under interrogation. One of the suspects in critical health condition was immediately hospitalised as doctors battle to save his life.
NDLEA commander at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, Mr. Ahmadu Garba, said the Emirates flight left Sao Paulo, Brazil to Dubai but was forced to make an emergency landing in Lagos due to the health condition of a passenger on board who ingested cocaine.
"A passenger complained of severe abdominal pains and later suffered three recurrent seizures thus necessitating an emergency landing in Lagos.
"Upon arrival, four passengers tested positive for narcotic ingestion. They are Okeh Desmond, Ezeanya Nnaemeka, Christopher Nonso and Chibusi Promise. All the suspects are under observation," Garba stated.
Chairman/Chief Executive of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd.), who said that the suspect is responding to treatment, called for stiffer penalty against drug trafficking.
He said the agency needs the cooperation of all stakeholders to send a warning to drug trafficking organisations.
"NDLEA is taking necessary measures to protect and promote the image of Nigeria and will resist any attempt to undermine the gains so far recorded in the fight against drug control. Drug traffickers must be severely punished to reduce the number of persons getting involved in the criminal act. All hands must be on deck to condemn drug trafficking in its entirety," Abdallah said.
LEADERSHIP Sunday recalls that the NDLEA has beamed its search light on flights originating from Brazil and Dubai in recent times because of its notoriety in cocaine trafficking.