Ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, in secret visit to arms-laden Chad-bound plane detained in Nigeria

Ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and President Jonathan at a meeting with the President of Chad, Idris Deby

A former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, widely accused of sponsoring Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria, may be lobbying for the release of the Chad-bound cargo aircraft confiscated in Kano for transporting large consignment of military hardware, PREMIUM TIMES can report today.

Sources at the Aminu Kano International Airport, where the plane is currently detained, said Mr. Sheriff visited the Kano airport at about 10 p.m. on Saturday and held discussions with some officials on the possibility of releasing the aircraft.

Our sources said on arriving the airport, officials allowed the former governor a secret tour of the aircraft, during which he inspected its consignments.

“I was there and I saw him and two airport security officials accompanying him to inspect the plane. I saw the black helicopters and two bullet proof SUVs,” one of our sources said. “I also heard him (Mr. Sheriff) say verbal directive had been given from Abuja for the release of the plane but that authorities of the airport were insisting on written directive.”

Mr. Sheriff could not be reached to comment for this story. His known mobile telephone number was switched off for several hours that PREMIUM TIMES called Saturday. He is also yet to reply a text message sent to him.

The Manager of the Kano Airport, a Mr. Adamu, told PREMIUM TIMES he is in Abuja and was therefore unaware of Mr. Sheriff’s tour of the detained aircraft.

The former Borno governor is a close ally of both the Nigerian president, and the government of Chad – the plane’s final destination.

A 2010 Intelligence report by a Nigerian security agency suggested that Mr. Sheriff was personally involved in the recruitment, training and dispatch of Boko Haram fighters, under the full cover of Idris Deby, the Chadian president.

Chad is Nigeria’s neighbour. Laying on Nigeria’s northeast shoulder, and sharing long distances of unregulated borders, it is considered a window to safety for Boko Haram fighters.

An Australian negotiator engaged by the Nigerian government to bring Boko Haram insurgents to the negotiation table, Stephen Davies, also spoke of how the insurgents named Mr. Sheriff as one of their sponsors during his conversations with the terrorists.

Airport officials told PREMIUM TIMES Mr. Sheriff’s verbal pressures to let the plane go was turned down.

He was asked to get written permission from “ogas at the top” – authority high up in Abuja – our sources said.

After inspecting the plane and holding discussions with local officials, Mr. Sheriff reportedly left for Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, in a private jet at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Security operatives at the Kano Airport had seized the plane when it landed at the facility at about 2a.m. Saturday as a result of technical problems.

Crew members of the airplane were immediately detained while investigations continued, officials said.

“Security has since been beefed up at the airport in order to ensure proper investigation,” the officials added.

The General Manager, Communications, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Yakubu Datti, confirmed the seizure of the plane.

He said the pilot sought permission to land at the airport after the plane developed problems.

“The plane had a technical problem and the pilot sought (for) permission to land at the airport’’, he said.

Mr. Datti said security agencies had since commenced investigation into the matter.

Security sources told PREMIUM TIMES the plane was travelling to N’djamena, the capital of Chad.
PR Nigeria, an agency known for distributing press statements on behalf of the Nigerian military, later circulated a statement saying the aircraft contained “a chopper tucked in it”.

“… Intense investigation is ongoing including using diplomatic means to unravel the mission of the aircraft, its origin and destination,” the statement said.

This is the third time since 2009 that planes loaded with arms would be arrested in Kano, our correspondent says.

The detained planes were later released after investigations.

The destination of the latest aircraft has however raised concerns amid increasing worries in Nigeria over Chad’s alleged role in the Boko Haram insurgency plaguing Nigeria’s northeast.

The plane and its consignment was initially thought to originate from Russia but the Russian Embassy in Abuja issued a statement denying ownership of the AH-124-100 heavy military transport aircraft.

Air cargo experts describe it as one of the biggest serial and strategic heavy lifters in the world. It is intended for the transportation of heavy and oversized cargo and various special-purpose vehicles.

Although in commercial use too, the Russian military is beloved to own 14 of the AN-124-100 version of the jumbo cargo jet, manufactured by the Russian Antonov.


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  • amazing2012

    Chai ! Jonathan, so Dr. Davies was right and this clearly means you are involved. Failure to arrest Ali Madu sharif this time around means the visit you made to Chad with tax payers money is not on behalf of Nigeria but to secure more weapons to Boko Haram, after you failed to get them from South Africa. Now the story will change and weapons get to its destination. Chai chai chai Jona, you are a curse on Nigeria.

    • Democrat M

      o yes i knew Steve Davis was absolutely right after Modu Sherriff failed to carry out his threat to sue him. Steve davis even dare Modu Sherriff to go to court over the allegation. Honestly Jonathan is behind Boko Haram for selfish reason and the blood of the innocent shed are already crying for justice.

      • Smith Scott

        So Jonathan started Boko Haram right? Means he bought them Koran to read right. He show them the place where it is written they will marry 72 virgin in hell right? GEJ is now Boko Haram imam. Also sponsoring ISIS. You guys are very lazy in thinking.

        • sani

          Hmm! smith Scott and proudly Niger deltan or wat eva, can’t u guys see hw u derailed d attention of patriotic contributers with ur myopic n lacklustered sense of comprehending unequivocal truth frm a distance? Well, even by ur name, I m not astonished cos u guys are always self centred. Shame on u!!!

  • Proudly Niger Deltan

    When some of us told you that Kwankanmanso is an arms dealer, many of you disagreed. But breeze has blown and fowl yansh do open waaaaa…a plane from which they hoped to get arms and restock their arms bunkers scattered all over Kano has been impounded…and they tell you the destination was Chad…Chad indeed!…who does not know the smuggling tactics of these desperate politicians? This is how all the arms are smuggled into the North, via their airports manned by their own people. Thank God, the man on ground at the airport wasn’t a Fulani Jihadist…otherwise, as usual, the arms will be delivered safely to boko haram.

    …But it is Oritsejafor’s Jet that APC will make noise about. No statement from APC till date…No statement from Arewa Congress …I haven’t heard of Liar Mohammed’s press statement on this Jet laden arms either…or is he seeking ways to delay time so as not to hurriedly make ay statement that might backfire…well, anyhow they try, Great Jona MUST complete his term…and all oil blocks & licenses MUST be returned to the owners. Period.

    This is the 4th time since 2009 that a Jet will be impounded in Kano for carrying arms…and in Kano, we found arms bunkers…any links? …This quest for Aso Rock na wao…What of the Jets that never get impounded? What of the Private Jets these guys fly? What of the Cargo planes the “Business men” of the North use to “ferry their goods”?

    • Giganto

      You must be a highly gifted genius that thinks with his anus!

      • Democrat M

        This is all people like you know how to do. Needless joining issue with charlatan.

        • Sacramento

          See the speck in a neighbour’s eye but fail to see the log in ur own eye. It has no other name. It is called self delusion.

    • amazing2012

      You are worst deceiver on earth, who told you Kwankwaso is involved. Ali Madu Sharif is in PDP and no one mention Kwankwaso’s name and you can not distort fact even if you succeeded you can not deceive God. Ali Madu sharif is Jonathan boy and every body knows why he has been protected and prevented from investigation when Dr. Davies implicate him and Gen. Ihejirika again few days of the allegation he accompany Jonathan to Chad. Now arms where meant to Chad and landed in Kano for technical problem then the same Ali Madu sharif come to see the arm secretly and you animal you are still associating such deal with wrong person. Your mindset is a clear confirmation of curse !

    • warawara

      Well said….

    • Olaedo

      So this is your perverted reading of this news story? Is Modu Sherrif now working for Kwakwanso?seems you people can never tire in playing the ostrich. See the mess you and your ilk have made of Nigeria? Very big shame!!!

    • Ken

      Are you mentally ok?? Please I really have to ask because the story is written in very lucid English yet you have proceeded to twist and turn the facts? But why? Let me tell I proclaim henceforth in the name of Jesus Christ that all you who for one sentimental reason or the other are desperately trying to cover facts and protect this evil government may God reign Heavenly curses on your generations forever! May the blood and pains of all the children and innovcents that have been unjustly shed be upon you asnd ur household! You will never know peace or progress in your lives again! I say this with tears in my eyes and so shall it be for all of you amen.

      • Jika

        Dear Ken,I join you in this prayer with my eyes full of tears too.I say Amen and Amen to your prayer.

      • deen

        Ameen.

      • Constanta

        This your sweet prayer should be extended to Boko haram and all their sponsors and sympathizers who campaign and lobby that the Terrorists be granted amnesty. May they all not only remain ‘prosperousless’, here on earth, but rot in the hottest of the hottest of the hottest parts of hell. Amen?

    • Smith Scott

      I agree. Seems Kwankwaso plead Sheriff to go talk to the airport guys. He knows once Sheriff – who is mumu – appear all eyes will turn off him and toward Sheriff and GEJ. Now Nigeria are deceived by Sheriff’s presence and their thinking is blur. The more they tell Sheriff and GEJ where to visit the more Hausa win more ground. All the recent visit scheduled between GEJ and Chad president were met to present GEJ in bad shape to the public. While they deceive GEJ that his visit will make them release those girls he never knew was met to trap him in-between Boko Haram and Chad.

    • One Nigeria

      i think u are sick in the brain mumu dats how u are being used and brain washed. How on earth Kwakwaci will fly arms to kill his people and a PDP member to come and seek for the release of the plane. I think u guys should try to be patriotic for once and too self centered. U should condemn any one that’s trying to bring disunity in this country but we believe that one day the truth will surely going to manifest. May Allah bless and save Nigeria

  • Democrat M

    Somebody help the Jonathanians to ask him to allow independent ivestigation of Sherrif if indeed himself (Jonathan) does not not know anything about Boko Haram insurgency.

  • Talaka

    There is no better proof to the Davies’ story! The only unfortunate situation here is that our leaders in high places look clearly involved. But why should a Commander fight his own force and his own people? Why should a foreign country & government be involved? I sugggest it is time to report this matter to the UN & the ICC.

    • Democrat M

      Honestly we are in trouble in this country. Imagine our leaders willfully destroying our gallant soldiers. There is Good ooo.

  • the truth

    I dont believe this story.I would tow the path of waiting for more information before running to conclusion.

    • PROF

      I see blackmail written all over this story . Premium times is the new saharaaaRepoterassss, The propaganda arm of APC

  • warawara

    C-O-N-F-U-S-E-D!!!
    BOKO HARAM WILL NEVER STOP IF JONATHAN RE-EMERGES PRESIDENT, SAYS — GOVERNOR OKOROCHA.

    **Nigerian should support APC, because if they lose in 2015, APC will die the way ANPP died.

    Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said Boko Haram insurgency would not end if President Goodluck Jonathan gets returned as Nigeria’s leader in the 2015 elections.

    Mr. Okorocha made the declaration in Akure, the Ondo State capital, during a visit to the state’s secretariat of the APC with his team to woo delegates to back him for the party’s presidential ticket.
    The party has scheduled its presidential primaries for December 10 in Lagos.
    Mr. Okorocha said President Goodluck Jonathan had proved incapable of handling the Boko Haram insurgency, adding that the Islamist group’s threat was becoming worse than the Nigerian civil war. He accused officials of the Jonathan administration of using the anti-insurgency campaign as a “commercial business like buying and selling.”

    He said the officials benefiting did not want the insurgency to stop because they were making money through the supplies of arms and other gadgets.
    The governor maintained that it would be difficult for the present administration to fight if its still holdup to power in 2015 stressing that some people have already been making millions out of the opportunity created by the PDP led administration.

    “If President Jonathan wins the forthcoming election Boko Haram would never stop and if PDP has what it takes to stop this carnage they would have done it a long time ago,” the governor said.
    Governor Okorocha also blamed the PDP for the continued existence of the dreaded Islamist group whose attacks have claimed more than 30,000 lives. The APC presidential candidate accused the PDP of being “corrupt and incapable” of leading the country.

    The governor added that Nigeria is in a turbulent period as a result of poverty, greed, injustice and impunity orchestrated by Mr. Jonathan’s administration. He said Nigeria was already in a state of war and that things might become worse in 2015 if Mr. Jonathan emerges as the president. He stressed that Northerners would not take it easy with Southerners in the country.
    The governor accused the top leaders of the PDP of using Abuja as a center for spreading woes in the country, adding that Nigeria has become deeply polarized.

    “I think it’s a wrong perception for people to be talking that the next president must come from the north or the south and should be a Muslim or Christian. This has further divided us and made the country a polarized nation,” said Governor Okorocha.
    He said Nigeria needs a dynamic leader with unbeatable foresight and vision, adding that he was ready to defeat President Goodluck Jonathan if given the party’s ticket.
    He urged Nigerians to give APC a chance to govern the country.
    “If you put Jonathan and me together in the election, I will defeat him in all the states of the federation,” he said.

    He also appealed to APC delegates not to sell their future at the primaries, adding that they should rally around anyone who emerges as the party’s candidate in the 2015 presidential election.
    “If [the] APC should lose the forthcoming election, there will never be [a] strong opposition again in the history of Nigeria and APC will die the way ANPP died because the party is the last hope of opposition in the country.
    And if we didn’t succeed now then forget about it in the history of the country,” Mr. Okorocha said.

    • Night Crawler

      Reason is because GEJ himself is the real sponsors of BH

  • Icheku Umunna

    Hmmm, the more you look, the less you see. With each passing day, it becomes very difficult not to believe the circulating information that Jonathan and his PDP are funding and sustaining this Boko Haram thing for their selfish political interests. Remember the late NSA, Azazi who was Jonathan’s cousin blamed BH on PDP and its deadly politics. Remember Stephen Davies told whoever that doesn’t want to be fooled that Gen Ihejirika and Modu Sherrif were involved in sponsoring BH? Remember that Jonathantook the same Modu Sherrif to meet Chadian president (as pictured above). Remember the same Jonathan opened a closed Maiduguri airport for this same Sherrif as soon as he announced his defection to PDP from -APC where many insist he was a planted mole? Remember that some weeks ago, a Chadian govt official was arrested for supplying arms to Boko, just after another Jonathan meeting with his Oga? And now this….. Hmmmm, the jigsaw is fast falling into place but let’s continue watching as events unfold……May a God save this country from PDP’s desperation!

  • Olutola

    It will be a lot of pain to wake up one day and find hard evidence that our government is involved in these insurgents. Where do we start from (1) the number of soldiers already killed in ambush (2) civilians killed and properties destroyed (3)general insecurity across the country (4)wasted funds buying arms and handing it over to insurgents. Maybe we didnt take Azazi serious enough. Davies spoke and some section of the country began crying blue murder as if Ihejirika means entire SE. He has a name and represent just himself, not even his siblings, let alone the innocent Igbo man on my street eking out a living.

    • Night Crawler

      Only God will save us from GEJ who fails to do the needful. His days are numbered in aso rock

    • Maria

      Wake up bro… this government is behind boko haram… there is no gainsaying in that…Just wait… this plane will soon be released to confirm your fear.

    • dpfrank

      I keep asking myself why this govt have not been able arrest a single BH sponsor in Nigeria. This govt cannot deny sponsoring BH. its clear.

  • Night Crawler

    Modi Sheriff should be arrested and transfer to ICC because he has lots of innocent blood in his head

    • Martins Oluma Ajiake

      How can he be arrested when bad luck Jonathan is his best friend and partner in business of killing innocent civilians. God ll expose this evil govt

    • Johnson Omale

      Innocent blood would be on SAS. It’s now clear why he has been romancing the Presidency to keep this devilish business. We are tired of this Government, let try APC

  • Scalywag

    I had earlier said SAS-GAS was in the mix. He could be smelt from the dust of the imbroglio. However what membership of pdp confers is immunity towards impunity. DSS won’t question him, a full battalion of soldiers is deployed for his personal security. It could well have been the destination of that plane was Maiduguri the airport that is closed to everyone except the SAS-GAS

  • Wähala

    Other reports say the flight originated from France and made a stop-over at Central African Republic (CAR) before taking off again en route to N’djamena. CAR is a know terrorist hotbed and whoever is sponsoring Boko Haram also has hand in the mayhem that is occurring in that country. That sadi, why would Ali Modu Sheriff be inspecting the seized plane if he does not have vested interest in the cargo? Is he part of the Army investigation team or working for his close pal Idriss Deby and Dumbo? Why would he give verbal orders for the release of dangerous, illegal weapons meant for terrorists who are responsible for the senseless slaughter of thousands of innocent Nigerians? Enough of this bullshit with Modu Sheriff, it’s time the psychopath is arrested and towed to The Hague for his role and crimes against humanity. The Chadian Govt. must go through “due process” to secure the release of their cargo if truly it is a legal purchase, why is Modu Sheriff their go-between in a matter with national security implications? This haul is the confirmation everyone has been waiting for that Dumbo is behind the terrorists and it is God’s Act that he has finally been unmasked. Terrorist, Modu Sheriff owes Nigerians an explanation what his interest in the grounded aircraft is and on whose behalf is he trying to secure the release of the weapons of mass destruction… Animals!

    • Gaskiya

      If Modu Sheriff is involved in this scandal and people allowed him to walk freely, I will call Nigerians fools.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Story story. APC will soon issue a vexatious statement, now that Sheriff has been named

    • Night Crawler

      Shame on you. It shows you support Modu Sheriff to continue killing innocent people in the country

      • BlackieUmukoro

        What about the APC financier in Kano
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • kammykazee

      You, my friend should check your head, if you really have one. Is your response in support of Modu Sheriff or against him, you ve got nothing to say in condemnation of what this psycho Sheriff is doing to the integrity of one hour country, what has APC got to do with this story?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Everything. Because when that APC financier was arrested with a large cache of arms in Kano, what did you say Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Ibraheem Aruna

      In a civilized democratic setting where a third of the country is being ruled by Boko Haram what should a good functional government do in a situation of this description?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Talk the talk
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • Jasper

    I can now see why the likes of El rufai are sympathetic to PT. what a sordid story? No fact, no confirmation. Just came out to publish this kind of rubbish without taking into cognizant that true journalism requires a balanced news. It’s very pathetic, very sad that this paper could resort to hear say bla bla bla shit. It smacks hard work. Any journalist who cannot balance it’s report before publishing it isn’t worth that name. Outright rubbish.

    • dpfrank

      BH and Modu Sheriff did not start today, this is a ratification.

    • Babandum

      Ahh! my brother, the same “rubbish” reporters are where certain Nigerians are getting their information that Buhari is a BH sponsor and believing it even when there is no iota of truth. But then, there are as many telescopes as there are human eyes!

  • Smith Scott

    So Jonathan started Boko Haram right? Means he bought them Koran to read right. He show them the place where it is written they will marry 72 virgin in hell right? GEJ is now Boko Haram imam. Also sponsoring ISIS. You guys are very lazy in thinking. Black man is always a curse race…you go check your history and see the curse of Canaan reigning in your genes

  • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

    APC look for another lie

    • segun

      Do not muddle the issue. Here are the two basic facts. (I) A plane carrying arms and ammunitions to Chad was detained in Kano. (ii) A suspected Boko Haram sympathiser, Ali Sheriff (of Nigeria and Chad) a friend of both Presidents Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Idriss Deby of Chad visited the detained plane to request for its release. These are the facts AS THEY ARE. Please respond to these facts AS THEY ARE. Thanks.

      • Femi

        Well played. No red herrings. People need to stick to the point

        • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

          Have you seen your fed hen now not even herring?
          Shiet belongs to France. Tell us another APC story.

          • Femi

            What does your comment have to do with asking someone to stick to the point?

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        Have you seen your fed hen now not even herring?
        Shiet belongs to France. Tell us another APC story.
        Don’t let PT and the rest make huge fools of you. Digest info first before you go rabid over it.

      • Bishop

        Sorry, but the only fact is there is a cargo plane, other things listed based on pictures seen is not so true, saw only 1 helicopter. Let’s wait for proof that SAS visited,though I never underestimate that man. Our journalist love reportin from Abuja.

        • Babandum

          What Segun said are the FACTS for now until refuted!

    • dpfrank

      This is no lie, stop supporting BH sponsors.

    • Naijadecision

      This seems to be a lie to you, I wonder the kind of untruthful fellow you are.

    • Bishop

      Please this is national security not party interest. Let’s be objective. SAS is long overdue for prosecution

  • dpfrank

    Send Modu Sheriff to ICC now

  • Patriotic Citizen

    Well, I don’t know how truth the source is….But if truly he does, those that saw Ali Modu Sherif and were sure of where he went to ought to be arrested for aiding and abetting!!!!I expect them by now to be hearing that ALI MODU SHERIF was killed by an angry mob.!!!!Because its obvious Nigerian Govt will never contain his excesses!!!!A very simple reason, a godson to GEJ and a very close ally to Chadian President.Can’t wait to hear the authenticity of this story.

    • Bishop

      He moves like a CDS. It can’t happen. SAS mobbed? Nah!

      • Babandum

        Right on point!

  • innocent

    This is not enough to conclude that Ali Modu Sheriff sponsors Boko Haram. He could be an arms dealer in Chad. But this is indeed a lead for Nigeria’s security agents. This is a part of the puzzle, but certainly not the final piece.

    • Babandum

      What is the difference between a BH sponsor and an arms dealer under the law? That is why the people are saying investigate Sheriff so that Nigerians may know what he is.

  • djay

    This isn’t a surprising news anyway, Sheriff is Gej 5 & 6 and the truth about bokoharam is now in the open that’s why the military had been finding it difficult to defeat them. Every body in Nigeria knows that Sheriff is the chief sponsor of bokoharam and Gej working neck deep with them for his own political ambition and this is the same president who claimed to have seek the face of God to lead Nigeria. Gej will never go scot free for all his atrocities he has committed and there will be more shocking revelations once he is booted out of power come 2015.

  • Thecreed

    This is a state sponsored insurgency, not only Alimodu Sheriff but the entire PDP govt is culpable, remember the revelations of the erstwhile NSA, Owoeye Azazi. Only and independent government can unravel the mysteries surrounding the BH insurgency. Vote out PDP at every level of government. Come 2015! Power must change hands!!

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    ALI MODU SHERIF SHOULD SERIOUSLY BE INTERROGATED???

    • Martins Oluma Ajiake

      He ll not be interrogated. Why, cause he is working with the big boss- the Able president. The souls of all the innocent people killed by this bloody thirsty boko H. Will never stop crying to God until there souls are evenged.

  • sanusi adamu

    Pictures dont lie. We have seen the plane, the weapons but we have not seen sherif visiting the plane. the picture would have neutralised the skeptics. However, the russian story is full of holes. Are they telling us that the French have no means of transporting their equipments without getting their assistance? Lastly it is cleaar that GEJ,Sherif,BH,Chadian president are all ONE.

    • Babandum

      Are you waiting to see the pictures of Sheriff visiting the plane? Wouldn’t that be expecting too much? How can evil triumph if it is done in the full glare of the public?

    • shamsuddeen

      that is the whole truth, what keeps worrying me is what benefit will Modu Sherif derive from all these killings.

  • igbiki

    Arms meant to start war in Nigeria after next years election are CHAD bound?????

    Such a story has never been told!

  • Zubairu Usman

    There is something cooking. Nigerians must keep prayers ongoing for more revelation on what’s in the cooking pot.

  • Strong System

    This Sheriff……..

  • dpfrank

    It is getting clearer by the day that PDP is the sponsors of BH.
    Dia ris Goduooo!!

    • Naijadecision

      It is cleared already, lrt see hoe they’re going to defend this

  • FortB

    A lot of sentimental comments. Let’s objectively look at the FACTS not sentiments based on political or religious leanings.

    France has come out to clearly not just to claim ownership but to details the origin of the equipment. That they are from Central African Republic (CAR) where it is rounding up operations are relocating these equipent to Chad.

    For those who don’t know, the French military has little capacity for strategic airlift. Recall the French intervention in Mali? It took the U.S. and UK help for France to airlift its heavy military cargo to Mali for the operation. That France will hire a Russian Antenov cargo aircraft is therefore realistic.

    What our journalists needs to confirm form authorized sources, not some rumors, is the stated reason why the aircraft landed in Kano instead of Chad. We have been told it was due to heavy air traffic in Chad that made it divert for refueling in Kano. That ordinarily does not sound right considering the short distance from CAR to Chad, unless we can confirm that due to crisis in CAR, the aircraft could not refuel before takeoff.

    But this is wher investigative journalism Kicks in for serious news media like Al Jazeera, BBC, AFP and CNN. Serious journalism will be to visit CAR and confirm the status of the aircraft as at the time it took off, and also the aircontroller logs in NDjamena, CHad and the Amino Kano Airport, Kano to see the condition under which the aircraft was permitted landing.

    • tundemash

      And why is Modu Sheriff involved ?

      • FortB

        I will not be surprised if by tomorrow the Sheriff visit turns out to be a false report. Recall the initial report that said that the plane had 2 helicopters and boxes of AK47 rifles. Now France have come out to acknowledge ownership and clarify that the cargo in the plane is just 1 helicopter and that there are no rifles. So who is giving these inaccurate reports, and for what purpose? I maintain that our journalists are lazy and are always quick to rush to publishing half truths mixed with outright lies. The same way we were gleefully fed lies that Asari Dokubo was part of the people involved in the botched arms deal in South Africa.

        • kiliminati

          We are yet to confirm that the report of modu sheriff visit is untrue. So for now we are asking you again with and objective mind… WHAT IS MODU SHERRIFF DOING THERE???

          • FortB

            I hope you have read Modu Sherriff official denial of ever going to the airport to do any such thing as reported. If you have not, check today’s Thisday Online. I am not his spokesman, but just noted that we apply politics to everything and do not bother to assess available facts before jumping to conclusion. My intuition has been proven right abi?

          • tundemash

            I haven’t read Modu’s denial … can you paste the link here ?
            Secondly …… whether it is one helicopter or two, the fact is that a plane loaded with arms going to Chad is grounded in Nigeria. Chad is where Dumbo and Modu have been meeting in the last few months now and Modu visited the grounded plane. Connect the dots yourself !!!

          • FortB

            Are you that lazy you cannot google Thisday Newspaper yourself?

          • tundemash

            Cl0wn ….. only ThisDay carried the Press Release you released on behalf of Modu Sherrif ? Why not ask me to google NTA?

          • FortB

            I do not speak for anyone. Read my original post. I only drew attention to the fact that we need to use facts as basis of our assessment of issues and not the way most of us rush to conclusion on sensitive national matters based of half truths that we are fed with by our lazy journalists who do not have investigative journalism in their dictionary.

            I am sure by now you must have read that the airplane has been released by the federal government after satisfactory investigation.? Let’s stop rushing to ill informed conclusion on national issues. That’s just my point. I am no politician, neither am I a Muslim or from the north.

          • tundemash

            Mr. Modu’s online insurgent, below is the Thisday’s Modu’s story, show us where Modu denied he was in Kano.

          • kiliminati

            Nope. I haven’t. But why believing thisday online story but not premium timesng’s?

          • blueeyedkitten

            you want us to believe what the french and russians are saying? but why should we? you’re talking as if we don’t know the dubious arms deals cum politics of the western world in africa and the rest of the world. i really dont know why some of you guys are bent on defending modu sheriff, and every other person that clearly has a hand in this boko haram crisis. is it because your popular theory of buhari and APC been behind boko haram is daily been smashed to pieces? but if it was to be an individual, known for opposing this current govt that was fingered in this episode, you wouldn’t have qualms in concurring.

          • tundemash

            If you are not Modu’s spokesman and yet you vigorously defend the terorist financier this way, you are either a liar or a f00l !

        • Babandum

          You seem so biased that everyone can see it except you. All the analysis you made could also be done the other way round. Don’t make conclusions except you have FACTS. If all you have are hunches and doubts, then what the reporters reported so far are superior to your opinions until refuted by FACTS.

        • tundemash

          Until Modu denies it, you have no locus standi to represent or speak for him unless you are in his inner caucus and know more than what the Press is revealing!

      • shamsuddeen

        because he is an interested party in the matter. He is eager to take delivery of the arms to kill his own people just to make more money and remain relevant.
        No matter how long it takes t Modu sheriff will die and face the consequences of what he is sowing today this is what many of them are not realising and the punishment of Allah will fall on them seizelessly from this world and they will never have peace or sleep with their eyes closed forever.

  • UOU

    The Journalist are the one that are clueless, incompetent and unpatriotic, their treasonable acts will destroy Nigeria eventually, for me the Journalist are worse than the politicians in corruptions and evil doings, the Journalist has so much misled the masses even created enmity and divisions among Nigerians that it would take a miracle to reverse doom ahead

    • Dan Arewa

      We need a little more explanation on how the journalist are misleading the public otherwise, I will consider you a BARKING DOG.

    • Babandum

      Why do you want to change the subject?

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  • favourtalk

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  • MushinSpeaks

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    CHANGE we need.

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  • MOG Jimmy

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  • Macson

    I am not surprise at all. Professor Wole Soyinka has said it all. I can never doubt the words of that intelligent world figure. Everything Prof. Wole Soyinka said is true but you still see some idiotic unpatriotic Nigerians saying that Prof is poke nosing. MOG jimmy please think again, think very deep and deep and deep