NDLEA Agency warns pilgrims against drugs trafficking

Shinkafi said the NDLEA would detect any substance whether injected or hidden by intending pilgrims.

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has warned intending pilgrims against taking narcotics to Saudi Arabia.

An official of the agency, Alhaji Aliyu Shinkafi, gave the warning at a seminar for intending pilgrims in Lagos on Wednesday.

Shinkafi said the NDLEA would detect any substance whether injected or hidden by intending pilgrims.

He reminded the intending pilgrims that drug trafficking attracted death penalty in Saudi Arabia, adding that the consequence of such act before God was equally huge.

The official, who is also in charge of hajj operations, said that those arrested recently at the Ilorin International Airport injected the substance, explaining that the airport lacked scanning machines to detect illegal substances.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other agencies participating at the seminar also warned intending pilgrims to abide by the laws of their host country.

The Managing Director of Med-View Airlines, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, said the airline had saved the intending pilgrims the stress of going through Dubai on other airlines.

“For the intending pilgrims, the good thing God has given us is that we are the only Nigerian air carrier that operates scheduled flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi authorities arrested three Nigerian pilgrims for being in possession of substances suspected to be hard drugs.

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