By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
Centre for Information Technology ( CITAD), has called on judges handling the case of Zainab Aliyu, a student of Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, who was arrested in Medina for allegedly owning a luggage that contained drugs suspected to be Tramadol Tablets, to ensure that those involved in planting the drugs in her bags are punished to serve as deterrent to others.
Senior Program Officer, Isah Garba made the call on Monday while addressing news men at the Centre’s office on Zaria road.
According to him, the Zainab’s case is an eye opener that, there are possibly many Nigerians innocently implicated by the same group, languishing in detention, while some might have even paid the supreme sacrifice either here in Nigeria or outside the country.
Garba commended the efforts of the National Drugs and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) who played a significant role in the arrest of those behind Zainab’s ordeal and charged them to intensify search and surveillance on passengers’ luggage during boarding and ensure that, no luggage is tempered with after the legal owner has checked it in, and no luggage escapes the screening process no matter who brings the luggage or owns it.
He said, airliners must make sure that every bag handed to them by passengers are put under effective care that nobody will temper with them and punish or report to the appropriate agencies, any staff or person found tempering or inserting something into passengers’ luggage.
Isah also tasked the Media to partner with all stakeholders in taking traveling and airport operational guidelines to the public so that, people at the grassroots are well informed to ensure that, the syndicate does not continue to manipulate ignorance of the guidelines to implicate them.
Furthermore, Garba called on the Corporate Affairs Commission as well as the Union of Traveling Agencies to work together to fish out traveling agencies that cheat ignorant passengers in the process of their business and delist them for compromising standard operations.
That FAAN must be on its feet to ensure airliners stick to guidelines, and ensure the airports are up to standard and provide needed equipment that will help security personnel in the airports to work in accordance with international air travel standards to minimize such cases.