Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has distanced herself from reports indicting Egypt, Ethiopian Airlines for running drug cartels in Nigeria.
In a statement in Abuja on Thursday by her Media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Dabiri-Erewa stated that the headline is totally incorrect and not a true reflection of what she said during the Senate committee public hearing chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya on Wednesday.
Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM had during the hearing stressed the need for those two airlines to ensure compulsory baggage identification as all cases recorded on issue of drugs had been from both airlines.
The statement read: “Luckily enough, the representative of Ethiopian Air, who was at the public hearing, promised that baggage identification would be strengthened.
“The Senate public hearing was geared towards probing the circumstances surrounding the framing up and eventual arrest of Zainab Aliyu in Saudi Arabia over allegation of carrying tramadol drug in her baggage.
“Members of the public are hereby urged to discountenance previous publication that is contrary to this clarification.”