Drug trafficking: We will not tolerate criminal minded staff —NAHCO

The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) on Wednesday declared that, despite the ongoing recession in the country it was still very much on ground.

Stating this, the managing director of the handling company, Mr Norbert Bielderman, while speaking on activities at the company, used the occasion to talk on the recent arrest of some staff of the company, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), over drug issues at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, said the company will not spare criminal minded staff.

He declared that the company was not losing clients to a rival ground, handling company as claimed in some quarters.

It will be recalled that NDLEA had last week disclosed the arrest of four NAHCO staff, over their involvement in an attempt to smuggle 144 kilogrammes of ephedrine to Maputo, Mozambique.

NDLEA also said that the fifth suspect, Victor Ahenje, a load controller, who was also linked with the crime, was on the run.

Bielderman explained its recruitment process and background checks on new employees were constantly being reviewed; stressing that, there were no way drugs would have entered the airport without the connivance of government agencies at the airport.

He said, “The screening process was such that, for any shipment to be exported, the Customs NDLEA, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, security and others, must have screened it. Even, the airlines security staff would also have conducted necessary checks.”