Attempted Stowaway says, ‘I’m tired of country,’ firm identifies intruder

Operators of Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2), Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) have identified the intruder who was seen inside a parked United Nigeria Airlines.

 Head of Media, BASL, Oluwatosin Onalaja disclosed that Rasheed Muftau, a 14-year-old stowaway was found unconscious inside one of the aircraft of United Nigeria is safe in the custody of the airport authority where he is being held for further investigation.


 Onalaja further disclosed that the boy told investigators that he gained access into the airside through an opening at Ile- Zik, FAAN’s perimeter fence along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

 The invader was said to have said he was tired of the country and wanted to travel out.

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 “At around 6:10 a.m. on September 4, 2022, United Nigeria (the 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 incident boy was brought out of the aircraft and taken to the MMA2 clinic for first aid medical attention. He was later transferred for further treatment to the FAAN clinic where he regained consciousness at about 10:20 a.m.

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

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 He was said to have passed through General Aviation Terminal, Air Force hanger, and walked down to MMA2 where he hid at the Apron.

 According to sources, he saw staff on duty at GAT and Air Force hanger but dodged them and passed through the bush.

He became unconscious as a result of the drugs he took and a lack of ventilation.

 According to the statement, the boy has been discharged from the hospital and taken to the FAAN Crime Office at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport along with United Nigeria Security Guard for further questioning.

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United Nigeria Airlines

 The airline has since commenced normal operations.

 “We are 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.”

Wole Shadare