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Drug Trafficking in Airports: How NOT to be a victim

Earlier this week, there were reports about how airport officials at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport smuggle drugs in the luggage of innocent Saudi-bound passengers. The reports also revealed that there is a drug syndicate at the airport engaged in massive drug trafficking. This drug syndicate collaborates with corrupt airport officials to use particulars of innocent passengers and baggage tags to smuggle drugs

While the Kano Airport story is the focus right now, it is very possible that drug trafficking syndicates exist in other airports across Nigeria. What this means is that many people who are in prison, death row or have been executed may have actually been innocent.

Apart from the fact that the government should do more in tackling this madness, this raises the urgent need for security consciousness at airports. So, we have listed five ways to protect yourself so you don’t fall into a situation like the one that befell Mrs. Kudirat Adesola Afolabi who was executed by the Saudi Government for allegedly peddling drugs, even though there was strong evidence to suggest she may have been innocent.

Use stronger suitcases

Suitcases made from harder materials are more preferable for safety. Most frequently used suitcases are made from light fabrics; this allows for easy access by anybody. Suitcases with thicker bodies and stronger grips will present a difficult challenge to anyone trying to access your luggage.

Use a lock

In case you do not own a stronger suitcase, it is imperative that you ensure that your bags are properly closed and locked, whether combination lock or with a padlock. More so, keep the keys away from sight and with you at all times.

Do not lose sight of your luggage

Make sure to keep your luggage with you at all times. Never let your bags or suitcases out of your sight. Carry it everywhere you go around the airport, and do not ask a stranger to watch your luggage for you.

Keep an eye out

As you board the plane, your bags may go through the necessary security checks. Endeavor to keep an eye out, monitor your luggage closely in order to avoid any sort of tampering, especially by the airport officials.

Something’s fishy? Raise an alarm

Raise an alarm immediately you notice someone trying to tamper with your luggage, whether a fellow traveler, a passerby or even a security personnel. If the security agents are handling your luggage in an inappropriate manner alert other people around you.

Be safe.

Written by Emeka Nweze

Content writer and contributor.

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