Arik Air confirmed on Tuesday that a member of its cabin crew, Chika Egwu Udensi, was arrested at Heathrow Airport, London, over possession of substance that tested positive for cocaine.
The airline confirmed the development is under investigation.
Arik Public Relations and Communication Manager, Adebanji Ola said, “a member of Arik Air cabin crew was on Monday night arrested at Heathrow Airport London by the UK Border Force in connection with possession of items suspected to be banned substances. The airline is presently carrying out its private investigation to determine how the cabin crew member came about the suspected banned substance”.
The airline promised to cooperate fully with the UK authorities and other appropriate agencies in their investigation.
“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. Arik Air carries out very stringent checks on all members of staff and its travelling guests ahead of all flights. 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”, the company said.