Again, Arik Air staff caught in London for drug trafficking

One Chika Egwu Udensi, a flight attendant with Arik Air, was Monday, arrested at Heathrow Airport, London for possession of illicit drugs.

According to reports, Udensi was allegedly in possession of 2.76 kilogramme of a substance suspected to be cocaine.

Spokesman of the airline, Mr. Ola Adebanji, in a statement released, Tuesday, said the airline is presently investigating the matter.

Arumeni Ikhide, Arik Air Chairman
Arumeni Ikhide, Arik Air Chairman

“The airline again reaffirms its commitment to the fight against drug and illicit substances’ trafficking and will not tolerate the use of any of its aircraft or crew for the courier of banned items and substances.

“Arik Air is a responsible Nigerian company always seeking to maintain and uphold the integrity and proud reputation of the nation.

“Arik Air carries out very stringent checks on all members of staff and its travelling guests ahead of all flights. The airline will continue to focus its attention on measures to prevent the possibility of any future similar incidents”, the statement said.

The latest is third time staff of the airline will be arrested in London for drug related offences.

In 2013, two staff of the airline were arrested at the Heathrow Airport in London United Kingdom for cocaine peddling.

In December 2011, a 29 –year- old Arik Air cabin crew, Ms. Chiwendu Uwkaoyenma was arrested in London for drug trafficking. She was jailed for five years in 2012.

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