The Federal Ministry of Aviation has described as a mere hoax a claim by some people that there was a bomb scare on an Arik Airline flight from Maiduguri to Abuja.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Aviation, Joe Obi in Abuja yesterday said that there was no iota of truth in the rumour.
“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”. The statement said
While cautioning Nigerians from spreading rumour capable of jeopardising the security and safety of the nation, the Ministry gave assurance that it is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the security and safety of the airspace.
He explained in the statement that 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”. Said the statement