Sniffer dogs have been arranged to be deployed to Murtala Muhammed International Airport and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airports to check drug smuggling into the country.
This was revealed by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris. He also said sniffer dogs will be deployed to motor parks in Borno State, mosques and checkpoints to curb the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by suicide bombers.
The Inspector General of Police disclosed this during the flag off of the K9 dog trailers deployment. According to him, due to the heavy security challenges the country is currently experiencing, more of these dogs would be deployed Abuja and Lagos airports to address the problem of drug smuggling. In addition to the airports, the dogs would also be deployed to Muna garage in Borno State and checkpoints.
The dogs will help to identify destructive substances, crowd control among others. We all know that dogs have a super sense of smell. Some have 220 million or more factory receptors, compared to 5 million for humans.
These dogs would sit with their handlers in airports and other transport hubs, sniffing the passengers from afar to detect any illegal substances a person may be carrying on their person or in luggage or carry-on items. The substances are most commonly drugs and explosives.
Hopefully, these dogs can help the police as a combined effort to reduce the occurrences of both drug trafficking and also, suicide bombing in the country.