Russia admits ownership of detained arms-laden plane, but says military hardware on board belong to France

Chopper inside grounded Chad-bound plane... Photo Credit: Madquest ‏@Mansur295 via twitter

Less than 24 hours after denying that the Chad-bound arms-laden cargo aircraft arrested in Kano has links with its country, the Russian government has now admitted that it is indeed Russian.

It however said the military hardware aboard the plane belongs to France.

The Eastern European country had said through its embassy in Nigeria on Saturday night that the plane wasn’t Russian and that it had no link with that country.

“According to the information of the Embassy, the detained in Kano plane, allegedly carrying military hardware on board, is not Russian,” the Russia Embassy had tweeted via its handle @RusEmbNigeria.

But in a fresh round of tweets on Sunday afternoon, the embassy said the plane is indeed a Russian one hired by the French government to convey military hardware for its peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic.

The statement said, “Military equipment on board aircraft in Kano enroute CAR (Central African Republic) via Chad, allegedly owned by the French peacekeeping mission.

“The detained in Kano Russian plane chartered by the French peacekeeping mission in Chad and transporting its property.

“The Embassy is taking all measures to ensure the departure of the detained in Kano Russian plane with the French military equipment on board.”

The tweets were in Russian but translated to English by PREMIUM TIMES.

Media reports had indicated Saturday that the aircraft was Russian.

The plane, loaded with arms, bulletproof vests and a chopper, is believed to be on its way to neighbouring Chad, when Nigerian authorities intercepted it.

Although it confirmed the aircraft was being held and investigated, the military did not say where it originated from and where it was headed.

“An Antonov Cargo aircraft carrying some military hardware was arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in the early hours of Saturday 6th Dec. 2014,” the military tweeted via its handle [@DefenceInfoNG].

“Investigation is ongoing to determine the content and origin of the aircraft. Further details will be made as soon as the investigation is completed.”

The Nigerian government is yet to provide any update on the plane since Saturday when the military issued the above two-paragraph statement.

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, raising more concerns about the cargo’s purpose.

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.

Airport officials in Kano told PREMIUM TIMES a former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, visited and inspected the plane late Saturday night.

The former former governor – an ally of both the Chadian and Nigerian presidents – is believed to be lobbying for the release of the plane.


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  • endingNaija

    hm hm hm hm high power politricking is obviously going on! Nigeria We Hail Thy!

  • Olutola

    Please check with French authorities. Is Modu Sheriff a French diplomat? what was his mission at the airport?

    • Wähala

      I tire oo!
      The fact that Sheriff visited the crew and inspected the cargo puts “PAID” to the real ownership and intent for the arms. The French Govt. will have to explain if Modu Sheriff is their envoy or proxy authorized to secure the release of their peacekeeping weapons. Pfools. Some lies are worth the death penalty… wallahi !!!

  • Wähala

    This is what I reported earlier in the thread about Modu Sheriff making a night-call visit to the impounded aircraft. Premium times, it time you guys start paying me “egunje” for my diligent research and updates to your half-baked newsflash. Don’t mind those Russo, the plane took-off from France, dumped some cargo in CAR and the remainder is Ali Modu Sheriff’s army of terrorists in Chad. Otherwise, what’s the Sheriff connection and interest in visiting the crew even before they could be debriefed? Why would France fly all the way to Chad to deliver weapons to her peace-keeping forces in CAR? Dumbo visited N’djamena where he fine-tuned and paid for the latest weapons for his terrorist thugs murdering Nigerians and making the NE insecure, so as to cancel 2015 elections there… Shikena!

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      Shameless much?

  • abeem

    The story doesn’t add up:
    The Russian plane is ferrying arms and ammunitions
    The Russians deny the plane is theirs
    The Russians later admitted it was theirs but was carrying military hardware belonging to the French for their peace keeping operations in the Central African Republic (CAR)
    The plane was headed for Chad not CAR but landed at Aminu Kano airport due to technical problems
    Chad is not the same as CAR, the two are independent countries
    What is the business of the terrorist godfather and terrorist-in-chief, Sheriff Modu at Aminu Kano negotiating for the release of the plane?
    Anywhere the discussion is about arms, Chad, Modu Sheriff, there is a well-established nexus with terror and terrorism.
    The president has openly extended his cooperation and support to Modu Sheriff (received him with much fanfare after going back to PDP), so it is not out of place to suggest that Jonathan is well aware of what is going on with this plane saga.
    There is more to it than meets the ordinary eye.

  • Omo Odua

    Upon all the airlines in France and Europe in general, France has to charter a cargo from Russia? Where are the European Union sanctions on Russia? This doesn’t add up at all.

    • Peter

      Then come up with your own concoction if you don’t believe them, zombie.

    • Alcindo Satori

      Europeans know you’re not removed from early plaistocene at all, and that’s why you can never understand APC deficiencies/lies.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Thank you, Omo Odua.

      One fault though, why are you thinking on behalf of those who clearly lack the ability to do so?

      They would assume you speak an unusual language, instead of seeing the reasons you just spelt out.

  • Baba Messi

    Hahahahahaha! Hahahahahahahahahaha!! Ye! Ye!! Ye!!!
    LWKM!!
    Humble Pie o..Humble pie!!!!!
    Na humble pie APC e-zombies go chop sleep tonight o!!
    See them rushing here to give themselves a soft landing! Chai! Chei!
    This is a bitter pill o!
    The Bottomline is IT IS HIGHLY IMPROBABLE ALI MODU WENT TO INSPECT THE PLANE!
    Corollary is; APC propagandists sold a dummy to PT, PT then went further and sold a big fat dummy to the APC online zombies! Problem is zombies CANT think for themselves!
    I dey LaffooooO!!

  • djay

    So many lies being told to Nigerians, if you look at the logic of lies it is the same pattern with the seized $9 million in South Africa. Check; Sheriff visited the seized plane just as Ayo’s plane was use to smuggle the cash to South Africa , Just like the South Africa issue the govt in their usual pattern will not respond immediately. It obvious both men protect the interest of Gej.

  • Marquis di Gorgonzola

    What a shame! What a disgrace!
    A black Sunday for journalism!
    PT should show more responsible journalism..considering the fact APC Robots like wahala, endingnaija, Kay, Kay soyemi, tundeSh*t etc etc, have been programmed to believe everything they read as the gospel truth and go to town abusing and calling people names!
    Shameless Brood Of Vipers!

    • Trigger

      What’s your point punk? Where has PT gotten it wrong? Have they bee proven wrong on any aspect of the unfolding drama in Kano? Share with us what we missed please…

      • Peter

        @Marquis di Gorgonzola is right. Those e-rats he mentioned should be ashamed of themselves because they were already laying eggs all over the place over the spurious story by Premium Times. We have said this over and over again that PT and their hired agents and e-rats are daily looking for ways and means of bringing down the government by concocting sensational stories that will impress their type of audience.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          The problem with “e-rat foods’ like you is the inability to think beyond the next crumb of food droppings.

          This latest prevarication supplies a greater reason to seize the weapons!

          France, along with other Western allies are currently exercising an economic embargo against Russia, so why should it empower Russia economically by renting its transport carrier, moreso, when it has surplus capacity to do same with its own fleet?

          The story gets messier and dummies still fail to realise that.

    • Sword of Damocles

      feel better now?

      • Marquis di Gorgonzola

        Sorry I omitted yur name..unless of course you are one of those I mentioned!
        I still dey LaffooooO!

  • Hajia Binta

    Mehn! Meehn!!! I just watched Buhari on channels TV!
    Mehn! That guy is too old ooooooooo!
    Kai! Kai!! Kai!!!!!!
    Baba! Papa..Go home and look after your grandchildren oo!!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Which confirms he does not have the need to steal for some nebulous time in the future!

      • Hajia Binta

        Stealing has NOTHING To do with age in Naija o!
        You should know this oga lawyer.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Hajia, please illustrate your position with GMB’s antecedents.

          • Hajia Binta

            You wer linking his age with ‘stealing’.
            Stop deviating oga lawyer.
            Don Allah, don’t vex oga lawyer, but my husband doesn’t allow me have conversations after 10pm. It’s against my culture.
            Learn to be truthful oga Charge and bail lawyer.
            Sai da safe!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Learn to be more servile, Hajia.

            Go and give Alhaji some duri!

          • Shehu Garba

            See why some of us avoid discussions with most of you APC minions. You mentioning ‘duri’ here soyemi??
            For quite sometime, you came across as a decent APC supporter. That changed weeks ago. This is now the confirmation.
            You start discussions trying to be civil..after awhile you become very violent and abusive. You strike me as wahala or kay struggling to appear civil.
            Whatever, and whoever you are, you lack decency. These things can’t be hidden for long.
            Shame..

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Oga Shehu, if you blush at the mere mention of abuna, I wonder what you would do if you see one?

            Get on your knees and drool from the mouth or foam?

            Hajia brought her marital matters into this. If she does not want to discuss it, she needed not!

            By the way, are you her Maiguard?

          • Segun Babalola

            Kay soyemi, ‘go give Alhaji duri’ on a public site like this?
            While I have no party affiliations, i must admit some people here have been justified when they accuse most of the APC supporters here of being indecent, vulgar and abusive.
            For some like tundemash, wahala, Kay, and some other PDP supporters, this sort of language is not surprising. I follow your comments and find them insightful, but you seem to have been bitten by the uncivil indecent bug. This shows a gutter personality. It is disappointing.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            I hold absolutely no apologies for this, Mr. Babalola.

            Anyone who jumps into a river need not complain about getting wet or cold.

            When you join a discussion by calling names, do not expect roses to be thrown at you.

            Those who cannot stand the heat of the kitchen need not venture near the oven. Civility begets civility only.

          • Segun Babalola

            With due respect, I didn’t see anyone calling names here sir. Besides even if names where called, does that mean you should resort to vulgarity Mr kay?
            You still don’t get it. But point is, you can’t give what you don’t have.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            The point should be don’t give what you can’t take, Mr. Babalola.

            Insults, no matter how you dice or slice them, are meant to denigrate.

            If you can’t take it, don’t give it. Simple.

          • Segun Babalola

            You are quite right. However, I still fail to see where you were insulted. My brother, sorry to say, but yourself and some others we all know here are usually guilty of insults, abuses and vulgarity.
            Please take a cursory look at ALL the comments here. It’s glaring bro. You guys have carved an unenviable niche for yourselves here.
            You seem comfortable with your choice of words, so I need not say more.
            Cheers sir.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Have a good night, Mr. Babalola.

            By the way, you have disagreed with me and I have neither abused nor insulted you.

            Would it be because you have not chosen to abuse or insult me?

            Courtesy begets courtesy. It would do well if you can please help me tell Hajiya that.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            @kamoru also laughed and poked fun at me, but did not abuse or call me names either!

            Neither have I.

            I hope you understand my point? I am also having a polite discussion with @growthengine – one that is devoid of rancour, albeit on differing sides. Should Hajiya not have exercised chastity and be more circumspect in her choice of languages if self-respect is an issue here?

            I just simply refuse to become a victim of cyber-bullying.

          • Mosaku 147

            Binta can never answer you.e-rats are paid to spill.they don’t believe in their message themselves.their lives are dependent on their pay,so please don’t expect any reasonable argument from them. The General has finally silenced them with his channels interview today. Let’s wait and hear what blakkie(Abati), fatman(Okupe), teacher beater(Metuh) and Berger paints(Marylyn) would say tomorrow.
            For people like Hajia Binta,please don’t waste your time responding to them.

    • Otile

      This is going to be his last desperate attempt to misrule Nigeria. After the staggering defeat this time Imam Buhari is going to commit suicide. Since suicide is good for the young girls they are strapping with explosives it is good for them too. Suicide is a noble duty in Islam. Imam, Kwankwaso, Tambuwal can take the noble option to show good examples to their APC minions. A good leader leads by example not by – do as I say, not as I do.

    • Wähala

      Aborigine baztard,
      why are you hiding under a female’s name to spew gibberish? don’t you know we recognize your lot? Go-siddon! There is no Hausa/Fulani out there you would write “Mehn” as all that trash can only come from a mind high on ogogoro. Mugu, you tipped your hand with “Baba! Papa…” Quite frankly, some people must be banned from thinking… you qualfy!

  • Joe

    Premium Times, you guys are confusing yourselves not your readers. Can you decipher this headline with the one you released few hours ago on ex governor Madu sherif visiting the armed laden plane in Kano, lobbing for release?. What is the matter with you guys?.

    • Baba Messi

      They are confusing some of their readers..like wahala, endingnaija and co.
      Read their comments below..instead of realising they have been turned into international Mugus, by PT, the are still twisting and turning struggling to defend the indefensible.
      I dey laffo!

    • Peter

      Who else saw Ali Modu visiting and lobbying for the release other than the sworn PDP detractors and rumour mongers snoozing for the APC?

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    Let’s now see the faces of all those accusing GEJ and the army.
    Can y’all offer profound apologies now?
    Well not holding my breath.
    Your unrepentant hearts and in discipline will still trump. Sadly.

  • Dee

    Who actually saw Sheriff at the airport inspecting the weapons and would Russia lie to protect his interest

    • Baba Messi

      You are Blessed for this comment!

    • Mosaku 147

      Bombastic asking according to zebrudahia okorigbomogbo alas 4:30. All the ordinary FAAN security men and the brave military men who dered to talk see am. Abi airport don stop to get civilian staff?

  • igbiki

    Aha..
    The French government is using a Russian plane to convey military hardware for its peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic through Nigeria via Tchad???? I dey smell rat!

    1. Russian plane? French have their owns planes including an Airbus factory in Toulouse.

    2. Tchad to CAR through Nigeria? France can fly non-stop to CAR withoiut problems.

    3. The Russian Embassy are now the French Gov spokesperson? The French Gov can speak for themselves and also have an embassy in Nigeria.

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

    Such a story has never been told!

  • Otile

    Who else is in doubt that Buhari and his criminal gang are out to make 9ja ungovernable for Jonathan?

  • Wähala

    Russia is currently under sanctions by the EU and thus, trading in arms with France is highly unlikely. Ali Modu Sheriff’s presence in Kano to inspect the cargo more than tells me who ordered and paid for the illegal weapons… Dumbo! Russia could be bought to claim ownership after initially denying knowledge of the plane and it’s cargo, like Nigeria, Russia is broke and would do anything for the right price. France has her C-130 NATO supply aircraft, manufactures the light weapons seized in Kano, and has absolutely no reason to fly all the way to Chad before making a deteour to CAR…

    Meanwhile, Dumbo is running to court via Kashamu Buruji, to get an injunction stopping OBJ from launching his new tell-all book, “My Watch”, in which he disclosed his intimate discussions with Dumbo about the Boko Haram insurgency. Why? Why would dumbo be gagging Baba Iyabo from releasing his book? Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Why not sue OJB for defamation of character if he (Dumbo) feels he or his office has been disparaged? Taken together, this cargo goes the distance in explaining why and who has been murdering innocent Nigerians for years in the guise of Boko Haram insurgency: Dumbo, Modu Sheriff and Idriss Deby of Chad. Animals!

    • Peter

      You are running riot with your imagination. Were you present in the meeting between Idris Deby and Dr Goodluck Jonathan? Above all,did you see Senator Ali Modu at the Airport inspecting the Russian aircraft? You are a trouble maker. The unjust imagination of a wicked man will kill him.

    • Kamal Kamoru

      See how u dey struggle to explain the whole thing. Na shame catch you as per your previous rambling when the story broke abi??
      Abeg go chop humble pie jor.
      E U / FRANCE spokesperson.
      MtcheuW!

      • Wähala

        Fraudster,
        Why are you writing with two handles? Shame catch your mama being caught in bedroom with a madman that gave birth to a nitwit like you. Ediot, it’s an after-thought having just watched CNN and realized that Putin is as broke as Dr. Dumbo. What was ali Modu Sheriff doing at that Airport? Who sent him and why would he order the military to release the plane? Let the Russians go thru due process and recover their illegal weapons if monkey no get fear. Stuppid Aborigine clown like you. Mordafcuker!

        • Kamal Kamoru

          Obscenities..SMH.
          how old are you, juvenile delinquent?
          I can only laugh at your violent tirades really.
          Pathetic.

          • Wähala

            Ol’ enuff to be ya grand-daddy!

      • Warri Boy

        Don’t mind the Carton. He wan do wuruwuru to the answer…there is nothing he doesnt have explanations for except the Presence of an Emir on Yoruba land. He is a typical Oluwole. No matter how him try, breeze don blow, and Fowl yansh do open waaaaaaaaaa………and the shit don show.

        • Kamal Kamoru

          I dey laugh o!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Kamoru, can you please tell us since when did France start to manufacture Kalashnikovs?

        • Kamal Kamoru

          Nawa o! You too don join? Hope uve had yur share of the humble pie.
          All decent people are going to bed..il tell you in the morning. Keep awake bro.. you, wahala, mosaku, and yur numerous aliases have a looong nite ahead.. Doing damage control!! E dey pain una sha!
          Oya..start yur abuses and immoral language!
          Hahaha! Na laff I dey laff o!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            15 sentences just to avoid giving me a one word answer!

            Good night, indeed.

            Sai da safe!!

    • Dan maikoko

      What is disturbing is the visit at 10pm saturday 6 by Ali Modu Sheriff claiming that a verbal instruction is given from Abuja that the plane should be released. This is significant because Australian Rev. Father Davis claimed that a CBN official of Northern extraction sends money to another person in Egypt to purchase arms for Boko Haram which is transported to BH through Chad. Remember when GEJ visited Chad after the Davis confession and lo and behold Ali Modu Sheriff was in Chad with Idris Deby to receive Dumbo. Ali Modu happens to be the only person Rev. Davis mentioned by name!

  • Otile

    This is absurd. i don’t see how APC sooth-sayers are going to convince the public that Alhaji Sheriff boarded the plane at night to inspect the consignment with a manifest on hand to crosscheck every label on the weapons. We cannot believe that a person of his caliber in the North can descend so low as to do the work of a store clerk taking inventory of supplies at midnight.

    APC minions, please come up with another story, your story is childish.

    • Mosaku 147

      Please tell me something SAS and GEJ can’t do?because I know this is the least they can do.

      • Otile

        What are you trying to ask?

  • Sword of Damocles

    PT would do well to publish an inventory of the kinds, makes, models, of the weapons found on this plane (if they are russian, then Russia is the provider, and if they are french weapons, then we also know who is the provider). My guess is Russia is lying a SECOND time(1st being the denial of ownership of the plane with a “russian flag” on the tail fin). There is some evidence that the weapons were headed for one party in the Internecine conflict in Nigeria. If this plane had not developed technical problems we(the masses) would not know of this event.

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      Lol. You don’t even know when you are deceived in the first place. PT has NADA, nothing. Minus official correspondence of the Russian embassy on Twitter, just hearsay. And you are here talking list. Mtcheeeeeeeeeeerrw!

      • Wähala

        Stop displaying crass stupidity. You say, “official correspondence” yet, claim they have nada. Did they write on your mother’s official website if not theirs for you to claim it’s “hearsay”? You really need to stop thinking, you’re a mess at it… Mtcheeew!

    • NazirJos

      Plus we know that Russia is not in good times with the west over Ukraine. There are West’s sanctions currently on Russia (although I’m not sure whether that includes leasing planes). Whichever way, to me it is absurd to believe that French will hire a Russian plane to transport its military equipments (especially considering the current relationship between them and also the nature of the content).

      Something fishy is going on here. The good news is that, as the plot (as I’d say) is uncovered, it can hardly achieve its original goal.

      I always wonder how the BH are getting restocked and reequipped, but these events are always giving me logical answers.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Russian transport planes are usually leased by many western countries and the UN for long range heavy haulage due to their rugged reliability and ability to land on the worst runways.The helicopter on board is clearly a French made SA-341gazzelle,it has a surveillance and anti-tank versions………BUT the French Army do not use Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles so this whole operation is murky.The Nigerian authorities should come up with their own facts.l This aircraft departed France and landed at Bangui,then took off again to Chad allegedly,why were the weapons in cases not dropped off if they were meant for peace-keeping and why are the French keeping mute !!

    • lawiri

      “Russian transport planes are usually leased by many western countries and the UN for long range heavy haulage due to their rugged reliability and ability to land on the worst runways”

      Quote your source (s) please and stop misleading readers here !

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        I am the source you moron .

        • Wähala

          You lack credibility punk, that’s why he raised the issue in the first place… Mugu. Thinking is not for everyone, the more you try, the worse you come out for it… give up!

          • Mosaku 147

            Wahala,why you get time to respond to imbeciles. Leave them alone,their end is near.its about 69days to the end of their ogogoro leader.

        • lawiri

          “When the head is rotten, it affects the whole body”

        • Shehu Garba

          Ouch! Pity the guy small na?

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      You are informed my brother. This is a standing issue of quarrel between US and Russia. Russia produces cheaper transport (aircrafts) in particular. It is a well known fact for anyone who has any international relations knowledge.

      • Wähala

        Stop replying to your comment. Fraudster!

      • Mosaku 147

        Kpele oooo mr international relations knowledge. Have you stopped to ask yourself why a Russian plane should/would be hired by France of all nations considering EU sanctions against Russia?

        • Wähala

          Thinking is not for everyone…
          He certainly has no capacity for individual thought process, he posts what they’re handed by Reno Omokri. I’ve made the same observation about sanctions but crumbies are sub-humans incapable of reasoning. He lives on Amnesty handouts and has no input in what’s given to him. A pity indeed how low desperation has reduced some of these Anambra pfools to. Animals for dirty money…

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Walahi, Wahala!

            You stole my words!!

            Gbam!!! I could never have put it better.

          • King Carlos

            Nice one

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Well the Sanctions is not a blanket sanction on everything Russian. The Antonov air crafts are the most tested long-range haulage aircraft on earth,Many NATO countries hire these air crafts from Russia.
          An American was one of the Astronauts flown to the international space station about 2 weeks ago by a Russian Soyuz space craft.

          • Mosaku 147

            You might be right but correct me if am wrong,I thought Bangui to Ndjamena is less than 2hours by air or France to anywhere in sub- Sahara africa is less than 7hours? Where the weapons coming from outer space? Or does France not have a military cargo plane? Something is not just right sir.

        • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

          They told you that Russian transport equals Russian government transport. Mr stop and think. And they also told you that all of Russia is under sanction. Mtcheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew.

        • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

          They told you that Russian transport equals Russian government transport. Mr stop and think. And they also told you that all of Russia is under sanction. Mtcheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew. ..

    • Wähala

      Fraudster,
      Na here you run come back to? You asked me to “bring it on” and I did at Sahara Reporters but you bailed out of the gutter I sank you nose into, why nah? Abi you wann tell me Disqus neva notify you how many folks don latch-on to my punch on your torso? Next time, know your level before making silly comments for crumbs. Aschloch!

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        Nof said.

        • Wähala

          So, you’re also @Tawanda, ba?
          Should’ve known so by your fake Ibo name…
          Go back there and read what they’re saying about your mother, why are you scared to finish a fight you started? Didn’t I warn you? Intellectual battle is not for numbskulls, neither is it about copy-n-paste… Sometimes, you’re forced to think out of the box and that’s were you will continue failing. Ediot!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            You are seeing double….every comment around you is Tawanda’s . I prefer to dwell on important issues !

          • Yusuf

            the benefit of knowledge is to argue on facts and reason, the guy is finished he will learn to think b4 he talk

    • T

      nice analysis my broda

    • umolu

      What do you expect from France? France is head of the conspiracy. The cargo of weapons belong to France but the destination of the weapons is not France. Some of the dead terrorist fighters have been identified as Chadians, by the vigilantes fighting along side Nigerian military through their facial marks-the Abacha, type. Why is France doing this using Chad? Your guess is as good as mine.

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    Some guys will buy market over PT rubbish and pay for it alone. Lwkm.

  • Otile

    Before this story one APC maggot was insulting everybody, calling people dummy, with half brain because a commentator said the plane was Russian. The maggot insisted that the plane was Ukrainian because he said the the name of the plane was Anotov. This is how low APC maggots can get, yet they believe they are smart, and more intelligent than everyone else.

    It is a waste of time arguing with a bunch of rude, insolent, arrogant mob.

    • Dan maikoko

      Antonov pls. Its made in Ukraine. Could be Ukranian, Russin or British just like Boeing or Airbus.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Antonov is a Russian company with one of it’s factories in Ukraine…..no confusion please !!

  • Titi

    So Nigeria is now a gateway for all sort of military stuff, Russia does not even know its plane was landing in Nigeria, Nigerian authorities are not even aware that military hardware is passing 2ru its airspace, France do not even have the morals to speak up talkless of our new enemy-CHad. WHy Kano all the time? Is Ali Modu Sharif now the NSA?This rubbish is not making sense and it is time all relevant stakeholders press for the truth

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Keep quiet….France has admitted that all the contents of the cargo plane belong to them,they also clearly stated that the aircraft was leased from Russia………THE AIRCRAFT HAS BEEN RELEASED !!

      • Titi

        Its not a breaking news; everyone knows the precedence of a gangster ruler. EVen good deeds have lifespan talkless of evil vampirism

    • Alcindo Satori

      I second you on your questions. Why Kano all the time? Why not Kebbi, Bauchi, etc?? Kwankwaso is really complicit in this whole thing. That guy is really the mole — he need to be properly scrutinized.

      • Titi

        Kwankwaso is not a God in Kano, scrutinize him; who cares? at least what he did in Kano in 4yrs your governors have not done half in 16yrs; but when will u scrutinize Modu Sherif, The gangster Pastor and so on; its easy to make a post from a device but go out and see d world, its completely different

        • Alcindo Satori

          And as you’ve seen the world and what it has to offer, what solutions/ideas/advancements etc can you proffer? And by the way you should be answering that ‘Modu Sherif’ question — that’s if your brain is large enough to understand what I mean.

      • Thenjiwe Obong

        did you even read the story? it said the plane had technical difficulty so it requested emergency landing. Kano is like a horn to central Africa. lots of air traffic goes through that city.

      • godswill Ibe

        Is Kwakwanso a Jonathan`s federal government staff such as FAAN, NACA, the police, the Army, the DSS,etc. Is good to also ask why was Jonathan not aware that such a warfare laden aircraft was flying over the air space of a country where he is C-in – C talk of landing there. I think he was busy always settling the sinking pdp primary elections crisis as well as waiting for the arrival of his N9.5billion stove campaign material.

  • Aliyu

    Day after day God is revealing the people killing us, the blood of innocent people will never flow in vain. We know where the way started but we do not know where it will end, u do not need to wait until it reaches your home before u want to act. Better now before it is too late

    • umolu

      God bless you for your thoughts.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Are you still in denial ? The killers in the north are just northern Nigerian Muslims who think Sharia should be a must for all. They also live, worship,marry,socialize with other Sharia northerners…..they are not ghosts !!

      • Frank

        End of discussion.

      • Aliyu

        I have been to your state and possible even your village; what do u know about the north?

      • Alhassan

        TAWANDA or whatever u call urself u are entitled to ur opinion but don’t think it make any sense for Muslim in the northern part of this country to kill their fellow Muslims, what are they going to achieve?. Like we always say May God bring out any one who has hands in killing the innocent souls in the northeastern part of this country, who ever they are and where ever they are hiding.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Yes the fact is that northerners are actively killing northerners who do not want to implement full Sharia which in fact they all fought for . God only help those who help themselves.Whenever the Sharia north decide to get rid of Sharia and revert to our common law,the killers will understand that they do not stand a chance.

          • Strong System

            It was a political Sharia that started from Zamfara and moved like unstoppable moving train,so majority of the people just followed,without proper though of its practicability.

  • T

    If Chad finishes the North then Cameroon will take the south, Nigeria will no longer be a problem. I thing 2015 is our last change, move forever or fall forever

  • Dr. Kay

    I still don’t get why people are not looking at the map to understand the ruse going on here. The plane is Russian going to France and ended up in Nigeria, flying over Europe. Is that not a lie? The pilot must have been on ogogoro to have ended up here if truly this is destined for France.

    • STEVE

      “…the embassy said the plane is indeed a Russian one hired by the French government to convey military hardware for its peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic.” The plane was actually heading for CAR and not France.

      • eddie

        God bless u. U sabi book. As for Dr. Kay, why u no finish school? If you did, u would understood what the Russian embassy statement said.

  • Frank Bassey

    And it landed in Kano – Northern Nigeria?

  • tambaya

    3 planes stopped over in kano loaded with ammunition and one caught in South Africa soon Nigeria will be history

  • Strong System

    Why did the military raised the alarm before proper investigation?
    This is very embarrassing for a country with military intelligent.
    So many times we like fighting the Boko war on the pages of newspapers.

  • warry

    The change we need is on the way we see things as a people. Those calling for change have not shown integrity. If because you want to take over from and there is clearly an improvement on the state of the and you say no improvement, I’ll run away from you. Too many lies and display of ignorance.

  • BABAZARIA

    Plane released to proceed to Chad. Why was Ali Modu Sheriff at Kano to seek for the plane release? We hope the content of the plane would not found their way back to Nigeria to be used in killing our citizens??

  • Abubakar sfada

    I advice kano peoples they shall have burning that plane,

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