A member of Arik Air cabin crew was on Monday night arrested by the UK Border Force at Heathrow Airport, London over alleged possession of items suspected to be banned substances.
The airline, in a swift response said it is carrying out a private investigation to determine how the cabin crew member came about the suspected banned substance.
The airline spokesman, Ola Adebanji, in a statement said it will be cooperating fully with the UK authorities and other appropriate agencies in their investigations. “The airline again reaffirms its commitment to the fight against drug and illicit substances trafficking and will not tolerate the use of any of its aircraft or crew for the courier of banned items and substances,” he said.
Adebanji added that Arik Airline carries out very stringent checks on all members of staff and its travelling guests ahead of all flights.
He gave assurance that the airline will continue to focus its attention on measures to prevent the possibility of any future similar incidents. “Arik Air is a responsible Nigerian company always seeking to maintain and uphold the integrity and proud reputation of the nation,” he said