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Airliner arrests stowaway at Lagos airport

By Wole Oyebade
05 September 2022   |   3:37 am
Crew of the United Nigeria Airline (UNA), a local carrier, yesterday, arrested a stowaway at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

Crew of the United Nigeria Airline (UNA), a local carrier, yesterday, arrested a stowaway at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
 
The development, which amounts to security breach in the air transport sector, has elicited calls for probe of the entire security architecture.
  
Head of Corporate Communications, UNA, Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, said the middle-aged stowaway was found during pre-flight inspection, yesterday morning.
   


Uchegbu said: “The middle-aged man, who looked unkempt and is suspected to be unconscious, was arrested and taken in for interrogation by the Aviation Security of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Bi-Courtney.”
  
He noted that the aircraft last operated Abuja-Lagos at 7:30p.m., a day before and was securely parked at the apron following post-flight inspection.
  
The affected aircraft had to be screened and prepared for service in accordance with United Nigeria Airlines strict security and operating standards.
  
The incident came months after a mangled body was found on the international runway of the Lagos airport.
  
Aviation Security expert, Group Capt. John Ojikutu (retd), said the incidents were becoming too common at airports nationwide, particularly, the Lagos aerodrome.
  
Ojikutu said those cases raise a red flag that managers of the critical facilities should be wary of.
  
“There could be copycats around or these could be dress rehearsals for bigger things waiting to happen.

“I hope those responsible for security in our airports are watching and living with what is happening in our airports.  We’ve had more than two experiences in the past at MMIA and the same at Kaduna. These are the presence of abnormal and the absence of normal,” he said.