By Umar Muhammad Puma
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has commended the effort of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in unraveling the drug trafficking circle of criminals notorious for planting drugs in innocent travelers’ luggage.
In a statement issued Monday by the Head, Public Affairs Division of the commission, Fatima Sanda Usara, said the two agencies will continue to work together in ensuring a drug-incident-free Umrah season and Hajj 2019 period.
“Thankfully, this discovery has given hope for the redemption of Zainab Habibu Aliyu from incarceration, the young lady who pleaded ignorance of a drug baggage tagged in her name. Consequently, the Commission has ordered its lawyers in Saudi Arabia to compliment efforts of the Nigerian mission in the Kingdom in securing Zainab’s timely release back to the country.
Adding that the Commission, in collaboration with sister agencies, will deploy the necessary staff and technology at Hajj departure centers nationwide to ensure security of pilgrims and their luggage against abuse and drug peddling in any guise.