2 arrested over N1.5m theft aboard Abuja-bound airplane

By Lawani Mikairu & Daniel Eteghe

LAGOS—FEDERAL Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Wednesday, arrested two passengers for allegedly stealing N1.5 million from the luggage of another passenger inside Med-View aircraft en route Abuja.

Consequently, the flight, which was scheduled to depart Lagos for Abuja by 9am, was delayed as FAAN security personnel were called to the aircraft by the cabin crew of the airline when an argument ensued between the two passengers and the owner of the luggage.

The suspected thieves were thoroughly searched and huge sum of money was found on them.

“They were subsequently taken away and are undergoing preliminary interrogation at FAAN’s Crime Investigation Bureau, from where they would be handed over to the Police for further investigations.”

FAAN has assured the travellers “that people engaged in nefarious activities at our airports, will no longer find life comfortable, as adequate security measures have been put in place to make our airports safer and more secure.”

Giving details of the theft, management of Med-View said the incident was reported at exactly 8.40am and its staff and the other security agents at the airport took prompt action.

The management, through David Babatunde, its General Manager, said: “During a search, the suspects, Abudu Yakubu and Ilaya Felix, were seen sitting on the money. They were subsequently arrested and handed over to the security agents for further investigation.”

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