Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Three would-be stowaway teenage boys, arrested on September 24 and 25, were, yesterday, handed over to their parents by the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Police Command.

Apparently impressed by the national recognition Daniel got for beating airport security and successfully flying in the tyre hole of a Lagos-bound Arik plane from Benin, three teenage boys have attempted to do the same.

The Lagos Airport command of Nigeria Police Force has arrested three young boys for attempting to illegally board some international flights, in a bid to escape from the wahala in Naija. Lol!

Commissioner of Police for the command, Salahu Waheed, said the boys, Lateef Popoola, 13 [From Ogun State]; Amadi Joshua, 14 [From Ebonyi State]; and Ukpabio Onyedikachi, 14 [From Abia State], were arrested at different times at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.
They were just at the departure hall when they saw a man, who approached them and asked them if they had a BlackBerry charger to enable him charge his phone, they told the man that they didn’t have one, before his friend, Amadi, asked the man if he knew the plane going to Malaysia.He said the question made the man to alert the airport police and got them arrested.
Popoola, a primary three pupil from Ogun State, was caught on Wednesday, a day after Ukpabio and Amadi were arrested.

One of the boys, Lateef said: “I am not in school, I dropped out in Primary 3. I was arrested last Wednesday. I actually wanted to travel but I have yet to decided where I will go.

“So, I just went to the tarmac to see the aeroplanes [before I was arrested].”

The police commissioner confirmed that, “Their aim was to get into any plane and travel out of Nigeria. I decided to hand them over to their parents so they will be well taken care of and stop dwelling on the fantasy that you can just come into the airport, enter a plane and travel.

“Their state governments should try to rehabilitate them just like Edo State did for the stowaway in Benin. Lateef Popoola is from Ogun State; Amadi Joshua is from Ebonyi while Ukpabio Onyedikachi is from Abia State.” As for Onyedikachi, it was revealed that is brother is in Malaysia and possibly the young chap want to go and join his big bros.

If you can recall, a few weeks ago a group of supporters of Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, offered 14 year old Daniel Oikhena, the boy who flew an Arik plane from Benin to Lagos hidden in the plane's undercarriage, a scholarship.

These copy cats are one of the disadvantages of celebrating and giving scholarship to Daniel Oikhena. Expect more stowaways...