The Nigerian ambassador in RIyadh, Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Umar Salisu, has called for thorough scrutiny of subsequent pilgrims by the Nigerian Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) before departure for the holy land.
He said the Saudi Arabian authorities were able to detect and arrested many Nigerian pilgrims for alleged possession of prohibited materials because of their high detective machines mounted in all the entry and exist points of the airports.
Ambassador Salisu, who stated this in Madinah, yesterday, where he went to receive top officials of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), appealed to the Nigerian Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, immigration and other security agencies to emulate their Saudi Arabian counterparts and station their machinery in all the entry and exit points of the nation’s airports for thorough tracking of drugs traffickers.
“There should be a thorough scrutiny of pilgrims from home for the subsequent hajj because we have a lot of incidents here now on drug cases and we wouldn’t want such cases to be repeated in subsequent hajj operation.
We have drug traffic cases involving pilgrims from Lagos, Kwara, Kano and Borno states now in our hands. Though, the ones from Kano and Borno State were not among the pilgrims brought by NAHCON. They came on their own.
“The Saudi Arabian government has mounted high sensitive detective machines in all the entry and exit points of all their airports and that was why a lot of Nigerians were caught. I want the Nigerian National Drug Law Enforces Agency (NDLEA) to do the same in our own country by stationing their machinery in all the entry and exit points in our airports .to carry out thorough scrutiny of the Nigerian pilgrims before they depart Nigeria for Saudi Arabia,” he said.