Mr. Ikechukwu Chibuzor Oliver, a catering staff of Arik Air, has confessed that he collected N400k advance payment to smuggle 20kg of cocaine on board the airline’s aircraft. The drug was seized from Arik Air’s cabin crew member, Mr. Chika Egwu Udensi, by
the UK Border Force at Heathrow Airport last Monday.
Preliminary investigation revealed that both Oliver and Chika had been infiltrated by a suspected drug cartel. The rented apartment of Chika at Pastor Ojediran Street Ejigbo, Lagos was searched by NDLEA. He lives there with his mother and siblings while his wife and children are based in Canada. The latest Range Rover car belonging to him has also been moved to the NDLEA office as exhibit. The quantity and estimated street value of the cocaine is over N100m.
In his confession, Oliver, a graduate of Business Administration who was employed by Arik Air in 2009, said: “It was Chika that introduced me into the drug deal. Whenever Chika gives me the drug, I will hide it in catering supplies. Chika knows where to collect the drug inside the flight. They pay me N400k per bag. I was expecting N1.2m for the 3 bags that I smuggled into the aircraft.”….. he wants d FG to extradite him too to UK cuz it’d b unfair for Chika to go to prison in UK while he goes to Kirikiri….