By Matthew Denis
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has deployed 35 personnel to the Ilorin International Airport in order to curb activities of drug traffickers in preparation for the 2018 Hajj exercise.
The Agency this medium learnt yesterday is also expecting four sniffer dogs from its headquarters in Abuja to strengthen security arrangement at the airport.
Speaking with our reporter on Wednesday, the Commandant of NDLEA in Kwara State, Barr. Ona Ogilegwu said, “We have mapped out our strategies by deploying 35 personnel to man the hajj operation this year at the Ilorin airport.
“We are also expecting four sniffer dogs from the headquarters as part of the arrangement and they will arrive within the week.”
The Commandant therefore warned intending pilgrims from the llorin zone with criminal intention to do a rethink.
He said, ” We are fully on ground to detect and stop any intending pilgrim indulging in drug trafficking or any negative tendencies capable of giving the country bad image.”
According to him the agency in collaboration with other security agencies like the Nigeria Police, Customs, Department of State Security (DSS), Immigration and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) will ensure that people with criminal intentions do not escape through the airport.
Ogilegwu further urged the intending pilgrims to remain steadfast and pray for peace and unity for the country while in Saudi Arabia.
Recall that this medium had reported that 500 intending pilgrims from Kwara State will be leaving for the holy land as the first batch from Ilorin zone, around 11pm, today (Thursday).