NAMA staff apprehended over drug trafficking at Lagos airport
by Ifeoma Okeke
A staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) was on early hour of Saturday apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos for drug trafficking by Aviation Security (AVSEC) of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
The suspect whose identity was not immediately made known was arrested in the official vehicle of NAMA at the air-side of the airport when he attempted to courier the drug through that aspect of the airport.
The suspect was allegedly one of the official drivers of the airspace management agency.
The drug, which was believed to be cocaine was in big cartons and hidden inside the NAMA vehicle by the driver and his cohorts.
A source close to the scene of the incident disclosed that the driver was not the only culprit arrested for the attempted courier of the illegal substance, as some members of the drug cartel were also apprehended by the AVSEC officials.
As at the time of compiling this report, the suspects had been handed over to the officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Lagos Airport.
A source close to NDLEA said that the suspect had confessed to the crime and was assisting the anti-drug agency in its investigation.
It was gathered that the initial forensic test conducted on the drug by NDLEA confirmed the suspect was carrying banned substance.