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Published on : Monday, May 30, 2016
Emirates flight EK 262, travelling from Sao Paulo in Brazil to Dubai in UAE, had to make an emergency landing in Lagos on Saturday, 28th May. When the health of one of the passengers was deteriorating, the flight crew suspected him of having drug overdose.
After the flight landed in Lagos, his fellow passengers were also screened by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The test proved that four other passengers also ingested the same illicit drug. One of them had to be hospitalized immediately as he was battling for his life.
Retired Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA said, “NDLEA is taking necessary measures to protect and promote the image of Nigeria and will resist any attempt to undermine the gains so far recorded in the fight against drug control. Drug traffickers must be severely punished to reduce the number of persons getting involved in the criminal act. All hands must be on deck to condemn drug trafficking in its entirety.”
The NDLEA Commander at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Ahmadu Garba informed that a passenger was complaining about abdominal pain and he also suffered three seizures. Because of that the flight authority had to land the flight on emergency basis. After landing, four other passengers were tested positive for cocaine.
Mr. Garba named Okeh Desmond, Ezeanya Nnaemeka, Christopher Nonso and Chibusi Promise to be the suspects. “All the suspects are under observation,” he added.