Stranded Arik Passengers: Adamawa Governor, Ngilari, rejects alternative airlift, offers to wait with other passengers

The Adamawa State Governor, Bala Ngilari, who is stranded alongside over 150 other Arik Air passengers, has rejected a special traveling arrangement made for him by his aides, offering to wait through the flight ordeals with other passengers.

Mr. Ngilari’s aides were able to get at least six seats for the governor and his security details and protocol officials on an Aero flight that departed the Kano airport about an hour after the troubled Arik flight arrived.

An associate of the governor on the Arik flight, Adamu Garbajo, said Mr. Ngilari rebuffed all entreaties by his staff to abandon the Arik flight and depart in the Aero flight.

“He asked us to give one of the seats to one of the stranded passengers on wheelchair,” Mr. Garbajo said. “But the passenger also refused to leave, saying she would wait with other passengers.

“The governor is insisting that it would be inappropriate for him to travel with fellow citizens from Adamawa only to abandon them midway in Kano because the flight is troubled.”

Mr. Ngilari had during the troubled Arik flight moved round the cabin, greeting and shaking hands with all passengers aboard the plane.

About four hours after it grounded its faulty plane in Kano, Arik is yet to arrive with an alternative aircraft to airlift the stranded passengers.

The airline had promised that another plane, sent from Lagos, would arrive Kano at 9:45 p.m. But one hour later, that has not happened.

Read our earlier story on the stranded passengers below.

About 200 passengers on Arik Air’s 3:15 p.m flight from Yola to Abuja are currently stranded in Kano after their flight was diverted to Kano and then grounded after the pilot announced a mechanical fault.

On board the flight is the new governor of Adamawa state, Bala Ngilari, and other officials of the Adamawa state government.

Flight W3 409 was scheduled for 3:15 p.m but as usual with Arik, the flight was delayed for at least an hour.

The plane then flew for close to 40 minutes. But when passengers thought they were nearing the end of their journey, a member of the cabin crew announced that it was raining in Abuja and that it would be difficult for the plane to land.

The flight was then diverted to Kano. Shortly afterwards, the airline’s officials announced the plane was refueling and would soon continue its journey.

But minutes later, the pilot announced that the plane had developed mechanical fault and would not be able to fly. He said he had contacted his company’s headquarters to send another plane to take the passengers to Abuja.

As at the time of this report at 8:30 p.m., passengers are spread on the tarmac, discussing their ordeals in small groups.


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  • DD

    That’s nice of him. That’s the way teue leaders act.

  • Musty

    Hope the power monger in pdp will not spoil guy. if you continue like this, you might be a good leader

  • otile

    How many jet planes does Rajiv Fasho own? Can’t he help out a fellow governor stranded on a trip? I guess James Bala Ngilari is neither APC nor Musulumi, therefore Rajiv cannot lift a finger. Nijeriya, Nijeriya where people are yoked together by force of arms for crude oil.

    • Wähala

      Yours must always come with a pinch of stupidity…
      Mtcheeeew! A phool, a folly…

      • otile

        I am sorry to have stepped on your beloved party, I mean your Islamic APC party. But tell me wherein I offended you in my short innocuous comment. Is it better to do good or do harm? To send in one of the governor’s multiple jet or to leave a fellow governor stranded in an open airport to be mugged and robed by Boko Boys marauding Arewa territory? Judge for yourself brother.

  • King Carlos

    rare gesture by a Nigerian public official.

  • Aliyu

    Bala has always been humble. May Allah subhanahu continue him onto the straight. Adamawa people deserve stability for once. And may Allah subhanahu continue to Guide all nigerians and her leaders right. Allah chooses whom he wills at anytime he commands. As a mark of belief and faith in Allah,we should glorify Allah and say Allahu akbar.For he is the most beneficent and most merciful. All his actions are merciful. The world was destroyed by Allah during prophet Nuhu (Noah). Yet despite doing samethings,he decided not to destroy us.

    • Otile

      Don’t drag Allah into this now. Alhaji Murtala Abu Nyako stole, was caught and dismissed, as simple as that. There is no way Adamawa state would have survived Abu Nyako’s pillage for the full length of his tenure. The people could not take any more of him plus the evil party he represents in that good state. They had to do the needful. Governor James Bala Ngilari is a Christian man, you are about to see the difference between good and evil, light and darkness.

      • Sunkani

        We must glorify Allah in all aspect of our lives. Is He that removes Nyanko and brings Fintiri and eventuall brings Ngilari not the people of Adamawa. @Aliyu is very fair to praise Ngilari for what he is without any ethnic/religious sentiments. But a relgious bigots like you can not differentiate between black and white. Any way I pitty you.

        • Otile

          Don’t pity me, pity your relatives under the stranglehold of Boko Haram. They should spray for people like you as one sprays for mosquitoes.

  • It blew my mind when I saw the arrival area too. Your waited in a tent and like you I thought it was a joke. I will take a picture on my next trip. It is a national shame

  • Egbu Yugo

    I experienced something similar that I now route my flights to Lagos (shudders) before connecting to Owerri. The PH airport is a national disgrace.