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NDLEA Interrogates Arik Crew Over Cocaine Related Arrest At Heathrow

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BEVERLY HILLS, August 26, (THEWILL) – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Wednesday said its officials have invited and are interrogating the entire crew of an Arik Air flight W3101 that left Lagos for London Heathrow Airport following the arrest of a crew member in London for drug smuggling.

A statement by NDLEA spokesperson, Mr. Mitchel Ofoyeju, said that the entire crew including some support staff that worked on the flight before it departed Lagos are currently before narcotic investigators at the Ikoyi Headquarters of the NDLEA.

“They include two pilots and members of the cabin crew comprising an Australian and a South African. The invitation, which was made by the Agency, was swiftly complied with by the management of Arik Air.

“The crew members were conveyed to the NDLEA office in an official bus belonging to Arik Air,” the statement said.

Arik further explained that the action was part of ongoing investigations into their level of involvement in the smuggling of 20kg of cocaine found on Chika Udensi, one of its stewards, by authorities in London prompting his arrest.

“The latest Range Rover car belonging to the prime suspect parked on the airline's premises had also been moved to the NDLEA office as exhibit.” the statement said.