Update: Arms plane stopped in Kano Airport flown to DR Congo

Kano Airport

The plane was allowed to travel on Sunday.

The cargo plane that was detained by Nigerian security officials on Saturday night at the Aminu Kano International Airport was eventually released on Sunday allegedly on the orders of the National Security Adviser.

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported how the plane stopped, allegedly due to mechanical faults, and was cordoned off at the airport tarmac by soldiers and other security officials after its content was deemed suspicious.

The content of the cargo were eventually confirmed to be arms and ammunition after; and their final destination was not Nigeria but DR Congo, a security source at the airport told PREMIUM TIMES.

The source, involved in the Saturday operation, said they were ordered to release the plane on Sunday, and the orders were from the NSA’s office. The plane has since flown out of the airport.

Nigerian aviation officials are yet to comment on the incident. Yakubu Datti, the spokesperson for aviation parastatals did not respond to calls made to his phone on the incident. Joe Obi, the spokesperson to the aviation minister had said on Saturday night that he had not been briefed on the incident. Mr. Obi could not be reached on Monday

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