Nigerian Air Hostess appears in London Magistrate Court for drug pushing

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Chinwendu Uwakaonyenma Ogbonnaya the Nigerian air hostess who was arrested at Heathrow Airport has been charged with attempting to smuggle nearly 9lb (4kg) of cocaine into the United Kingdom.

Miss Ogbonnaya, 30, was arrested following the discovery of the drugs in an item of luggage as she arrived at Heathrow Airport on Sunday.

She had arrived at Heathrow Terminal 4 on an Arik Air flight from Lagos.

She was charged with attempting to import a Class A substance, and was arraigned  before an  Uxbridge magistrate court on Wednesday charged with importing class A drug into the United Kingdom.

The airline Authority, so angry about the discovery has pledged a new screening tactics for International bound workers denouncing that such attempt was a wicked act despite consistent campaign against illegal actions.

ARIK however promptly promised to support the British police and the magistrates in the matter even as it regrets that the incident is the first involving its crew.

Marc Owen, director of UKBA operations at Heathrow, said: “UK Border Agency officers are on constant alert, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep Class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

“We are determined to prevent this terrible trade which can have such a destructive impact on the lives of so many.”

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling is urged to call the smuggling hotline on             0800 59 5000      .

A UKBA spokesman later said that Ogbonnaya’s case had been adjourned until Wednesday when she will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court.

She remains in custody.

A statement by the British High Commission in Abuja Tuesday said the drug was discovered in an item of luggage conveyed by 30-year-old Ogbonnaya.
“She had arrived into Heathrow Terminal 4 having travelled on an Arik Air flight from Lagos in Nigeria,” the statement said, adding that she was charged with attempting to import a class A substance, and appeared before Uxbridge Magistrate court Tuesday.