Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Minister of Aviation refutes reports of a bomb scare on Arik flight

We reported earlier today that a man attempted to blow up an Arik Air plane that landed at the Abuja Airport from Maiduguri this afternoon. The report claimed that the man stood up inside the plane and told all the passengers to pray, that he was going to blow up the plane. 

Well the Minister of Aviation has debunked the claim and even issued a statement. See it below..

"Alleged Bomb on Arik Flight a Hoax- Ministry
The rumour making the rounds of a bomb scare on an Arik Airline flight from Maiduguri to Abuja is absolutely false. In fact, it is a hoax as there is no iota of truth whatsoever in this wicked rumour.
See the rest after the cut...

A passenger, Aminu Galadima, an indigene of Minna, Niger state boarded a Maiduguri - Abuja bound Arik Air aircraft with registration number 5N MJE after going through all mandatory security screening. Nothing incriminating, no explosives or weapons whatsoever were found on him.

However, mid air the passenger began to act strangely, loudly screaming ''God is Great". Fellow passengers, alarmed by this behaviour rushed to apprehend him. A thorough search by fellow passengers and crew members revealed nothing dangerous on him. The pilot immediately radioed Air Traffic Control and airport security operatives.

The plane landed safely at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at exactly 1253 hrs and the suspect handed over to the SSS at about 1445 hrs where he is currently being interrogated.

We wish to reassure the flying public of the continued focus of the Federal Ministry of Aviation on the safety and security of the nation's airspace, while cautioning fellow Nigerians on the spreading of dangerous rumours. These rumours do not help to make our airspace either safer or more secure.

Joe Obi
SA (Media) to Aviation Minister."

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