Mr Ahmadu Giade, Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Wednesday urged passengers using the nation’s airports to be cautious while accepting packages and bags from unknown persons.
Giade stated this in statement signed by the agency’s spokesman, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, in Lagos.
He explained that such passengers would be held liable for any breach of the NDLEA Act.
Three travel agents were arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) car pack Lagos over a consignment containing 1.630kg of cannabis meant for export to China.
The chairman advised members of the public to learn from the action of the passenger, who refused to be implicated.
“This is a good case for others to emulate. The passenger refused to be implicated.
“If you must accept any package from anybody, invite the NDLEA officers to search it in the presence of the person.
“This way, your action would have shown that you have not conspired with the traffickers, “ he said.
Giade said that one of the suspects, in a confessional statement, said that they were arrested when they gave a package containing 600 grammes of cannabis to a passenger at the car pack.
“The passenger insisted on complete search before accepting the package.
“In the process, he discovered a parcel of cannabis and the agents took to their heels.
“They were however apprehended with the assistance of some police men at the car pack, “ Giade said.
The third suspect, according to Giade, was caught with 1.030kg of cannabis hidden inside a bag containing garri.
He said that the suspects would soon be charged to court.