Mr Aliyu Adole, Commandant of Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Gombe on friday warned intending Muslims pilgrims that the penalty for smuggling cocaine, heroine and other hard drugs to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is death as the Saudis have a zero tolerance policy.
Aliyu Adole said that smuggling of drugs was prohibited and attracted death penalty in Saudi Arabia, while in Nigeria it is punishable with a minimum sentence of 10 years.
“Carrying drugs to the Holy Land is prohibited, if you are arrested there, it attracts death penalty. I advise that you don’t need to even attempt to carry it before we catch you at the airport,” he said.
Adole advised the pilgrims not to accept any message for anybody in Saudi Arabia.
According to him, such messages may contain illicit drugs and any person caught will not escape.
“Don’t accept any message from any person, let such message pass through official way.It is not that you are a wicked person, just try to protect yourself,’’ he advised.