The Heat Nigeria could not officially ascertain the nature of the ban substance or the name of the crew member but unconfirmed source said the crew member was caught with cocaine.
Arik Airline has however responded to the arrest saying that is presently carrying out its private investigation to determine how the cabin crew member came about the suspected banned substance.
A statement signed by the airline spokesman, Ola Adebanji said the airline will be cooperating fully with the UK authorities and other appropriate agencies in their investigations.
“The airline again reaffirms its commitment to the fight against drug and illicit substances trafficking and will not tolerate the use of any of its aircraft or crew for the courier of banned items and substances,” he said.
Adebanji added that Arik Airline carries out very stringent checks on all members of staff and its travelling guests ahead of all flights.
He gave assurance that the airline will continue to focus its attention on measures to prevent the possibility of any future similar incidents.
“Arik Air is a responsible Nigerian company always seeking to maintain and uphold the integrity and proud reputation of the nation,” he said.