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Airlines abetting drug cartels in Nigeria, we were misunderstood, says Dabiri-Erewa

The Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said some section of The media misunderstood and consequently misrepresented members of the public the she accused some foreign airlines of running drug cartels in the country.

Honourable Dabiri-Erewa said the headline which reads "Egypt, Ethiopian Airlines Running Drug Cartels in Nigeria" is a figment of the Reporter's imagination.

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.

Dabiri-Erewa 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 Chairman NIDCOM) said "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.

The chairman therefore urged members of the public to discountenance previous publication that is contrary to this clarification. 

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