- A man has been arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport for trying to stow away in an aircraft
- The young man emerged from the bush around the runway and attempted to hide in the wheel of the aircraft that was taxing to take off
- Arrested, the man said he thought the aircraft was heading overseas
A young man was, on Friday, December 27, arrested in Lagos for trying to hide in the wheelhouse of an aircraft belonging to Air Peace which was about leaving the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
The young man, whose identity could not be immediately ascertained, was said to have emerged from the bush close to the runway at the airport and attempted to gain access to the wheel of the plane, which was already trying to take off.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of Air Peace, Stanley Olisa, said immediately the presence of the intruder was noticed, the pilot in charge of the plane was contacted.
According to him, the pilot of a private jet informed security personnel with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN ) who ensured the arrest of the man said to be in his twenties.
The statement said the incident happened at 9.10 am and that the affected aircraft was bound for Owerri, Imo state.
According to the statement, the aircraft (flight P47252) was taxing towards the threshold for take-off when a man "emerged from the bush along the runway, and tried to gain access to the aircraft through the wheel-well.
“There was a private jet behind the aircraft. The pilot in command of the private jet informed the Air Peace pilot in command that a young man obviously in his twenties, was trying to force his way into the aircraft."
At the time of this report, the young man was said to have been held.
"When interrogated on why he took the action, the man stated that he thought the aircraft was headed overseas," the statement added.
The airline commended FAAN for the timely intervention adding that the incident was already being investigated.
Legit.ng earlier reported how a Nigerian passenger, Jude Oladapo, on Saturday, October 12, slumped and died while undergoing boarding procedures at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
A spokesperson for the MMIA police command, Lagos, DSP Joseph Alabi, confirmed the development.
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