Abike Dabiri denies accusing Egypt, Ethiopian airlines of running drug cartels

Abike Dabiri Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has denied accusing Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines of facilitating drug trafficking in Nigeria.

Dabiri-Erewa had been quoted by several media (not Qed.ng) as saying on Wednesday at a Senate committee public hearing that the aforementioned airlines were operating drug cartels in Nigeria.

Dabiri-Erewa had requested the two airlines to ensure compulsory baggage identification as all drug cases recorded had involved both airlines.

In a statement on Thursday by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, she said the reports were false and did not reflect what she 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.

“Members of the public are hereby urged to discountenance previous publication that is contrary to this clarification,” part of the statement read.