May 8, 2021

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MMA2 “search and rescue” team salvage a bag, N2.3million

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An Uyo bound passenger at the MMA2 terminal has expressed immense gratitude for the prompt response of the security operatives to his distress call and the quick search and rescue conducted on his lost bag which contained the sum of N2,350,000.00k (Two Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only), and other vital documents.

According to the terminal’s Security Manager, Mr Olatunbosun Okeowo, a passenger who just returned from the United States of America, USA, Mr George Etuk, en route Uyo with Ibom Airline, while at the airline’s Check-in counter, reportedly spent quite a considerable time alongside other intending passengers on a long queue and with time, lost concentration on his bag.

The Avsec Manager, Okeowo, narrated that the Ibom flight originally scheduled for 17.15hours was rescheduled to 22.00hours. The announcement compelled the queue to break and the passengers dispersed.

He said It was at this point that Mr Etuk discovered he had for quite a while lost concentration on his bag, carried away by the chatting with other passengers, while another passenger had inadvertently picked Etuk’s bag and they all dispersed.

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According to Okeowo, “during our CCTV investigation, it was discovered that the bag belonging to Mr George Etuk was accidentally picked up by another passenger also scheduled to travel in the same flight to Uyo. Though the miscarriage was inadvertent. But after the flight was delayed, and the passengers had to find means to relax ahead of the rescheduled time, the anomaly dawn on George Etuk who called the avsec personnel attention to his plight”.

Okeowo further narrated, “the other passenger who took the baggage unknowingly had disappeared but our AVSEC Team on prompting, immediately swung into action and unravelled what went wrong. With the aid of the CCTV, we were able to identify what happened and my duty Supervisor and his team quickly went after the Man who picked the bag in error”, he said.

He added, “the man was intercepted at the Drop Off Zone area when he was about leaving for a nearby hotel to relax since the flight was rescheduled for 22.00hrs”, he recounted

Okeowo concluded that the bag was then retrieved and handed over to the true owner who confirmed that the content of the bag which included the sum of Two Million, Three Hundred and fifty Thousand Naira among other valuable documents, was intact”.

George Etuk was full of gratitude for the efficient manner the managers of the airport, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, BASL, and avsec operatives made use of technology to promptly unravel the mystery of the missing bag and the swift retrieval.

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