February 7, 2023

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Stowaway claimed to be a minor, intended to – JA PA- leave Nigeria

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The 14-year-old stowaway found unconscious inside one of the United Nigeria Airline’s aircraft is now safe in the custody of the airport authority where he is being held for further investigation.

A statement by Oluwatosin Onalaja, Head of Media at Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, BASL, operators of the MMA2 terminal, disclosed that the boy told investigators he gained access into the airside through an opening at Ile- Zik’s end of FAAN’s perimeter fence along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

The invader, who gave his name as Rasheed Mufutau, said he was tired of the country and wanted to travel out.

“At around 6:10 a.m. on Sunday 4th September 2022, United Nigeria Airline informed Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Ltd (BASL) of a 14-year-old stowaway boy found unconscious inside one of their aircraft”, Onalaja said in the statement.

Onalaja, added: “The stowaway boy was brought out of the aircraft and taken to the MMA2 clinic for first aid and medical attention. He was later transferred to the FAAN clinic for further treatment
where he regained consciousness at about 10:20 a.m.”

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According to the media statement from BASL, “upon further interrogation by a combined team of BASL AVSEC and FAAN Aviation Security Officers, the following information was obtained from the boy:

  1. His name is Rasheed Mufutau.
  2. He is 14 years old.
  3. He lives in Badagry but hails from Kwara State.
  4. He is an orphan.
  5. He gained access into the airside through an opening at Ile- Zik along Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
  6. His intention was to travel, as he was tired of the country.
  7. He passed through General Aviation Terminal, Air Force hanger and walked down to
    MMA2 where he hid at the Apron.
  8. He saw staff on duty at GAT and Air Force hanger but dodged them and passed through the bush.
  9. He became unconscious as a result of the drugs he took and a lack of ventilation”.

Further in the statement, “the boy had been discharged from the hospital and taken to the FAAN Crime Office at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport along with
UNA Security Guard for further questioning”.

The Airline has since commenced normal operations.
“BASL is an active part of the ongoing investigation to ascertain exactly what happened and to aid the prevention of any such occurrence in the future,” Onalaja said.

The safety and comfort of our customers remain our utmost priority and we continue to ensure that the MMA2 terminal remains a safe zone of operation.

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