UPDATED: Chad-bound plane detained by Nigeria has ‘chopper, AK-47s, bullet proof vests’

Grounded Chad-bound plane.... Photo Credit: Madquest ‏@Mansur295 via twitter

Muhammad Kabir

A Russian airplane intercepted by Nigerian authorities Saturday on its way to neighbouring Chad, was transporting a large cache of AK47s and bullet proof vests, and other items, the News Agency of Nigeria has reported.

Security operatives at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, on Saturday seized the plane which landed at the airport at about 2a.m. as a result of technical problems.

Crew members of the airplane have been detained while investigations are ongoing, NAN quoted a source as saying.

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

The general manager of communication, 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.

A spokesperson for the Nigerian military, Chris Olukolade, could not be reached on Saturday for comments.

The spokesman of the Joint Military Task Force in Kano, Col. Eze, did not also respond to telephone calls.

The Police spokesperson in Kano, Magaji Majiya, said details of the arrest could only be provided by the airport security.

The Defence Headquarters has however confirmed the development on its twitter handle [@DefenceInfoNG].

“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.

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

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”.

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

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

Competent security sources confirmed that the aircraft and crew are under protective custody pending conclusion of investigation.

This is the third time since 2009 that a Russian plane loaded with arms would be arrested in Kano.

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.


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  • Guguru

    LOL! The Nigerian government made up the story of an aircraft headed for Chad. The aircraft was intended for Nigeria.

    • PROF

      You may be correct ,the plane might have well have landed in chad cos of the distance

  • amazing2012

    All the army spoke persons can not be reached ? Heading to Chad or Nigeria is all the same, because their actual route is sambisa forest ! Jonathan !Jonathan !! God of the masses will keep creating technical problems to your planers. Now we wait to see how the weapons will be evacuated to sambisa or how the aircraft will be release to Chad then to sambisa for BH. Nigerians should understand why people hate Jonathan and his administration ! God expose them, God fail them, God cast curse on anybody that has hand in killing innocent masses all over the country ! Amen

    • NazirJos

      You share exactly what’s on my mind!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Your position is already ridiculous because you write without any facts…..as long as you cast “Jonathan” you derive your sadistic pleasure abi ?
      Your sadism will swallow you !

  • Dankasa

    2015 election!!! Asari said it, why are we westing our time, tomorrow they will sack those guys in Aminu Kano Int’n Airport, thats just the story my friend. They said we must vote for Jannah or our blood go flood our streets, is in the record. Boko haram denied Kano Mosque bomb attack, then who did it? My be Reno will create a separate website in Kubwa with Shikau or Chibok girls photos as usual to claim responsibility. Nigerian government Conspiracy theory is too childish, men!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Keep quiet you Sahel monkey….what has this got to do with the peoples hero Asari ?

      • endingNaija

        The lady repeated what Asari Dokubo said. Asari Dokubo said Nigerian Blood will flow on the streets if President Jonathan is defeated in the 2015 election. The lady only repeated what your tribal leader and terrorist Asari Dokubo said. Why are you annoyed Tawanda. You seem not to be communicating well!

      • Guguru

        Tawanda,

        LOL. Anger solves no problems. We understand your frustration. Just try to imagine a Nigeria without Jonathan and I think you will feel better.

        • the truth

          Lol.this is becoming interesting

          • Guguru

            LOL.

      • The Prince

        It obvious you are really paranoia and you need urgent help. Your response to every contributions on this platform smack more of frustration or maybe you might even be schizophrenic your handlers need to send you in for urgent evaluation. The way you are going your family need to start praying for you big time because you’ve really lost it.Or could it be that you’ve fail to use your medication in a while now has it finish? EWU!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Wähala

      Really? Did Boko Haram deny Kano Mosque bombing? I was out of the loop for a while, update me biko!

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        The information from your friend is a result of hard drug intake !

        • Guguru

          Tawanda,

          No one is on drugs. Simply accept that Jonathan is the king of evil. He is man who treats death and destruction of Nigerians with “kid gloves”

  • NazirJos

    Who thinks God is not accepting our prayers? All these plots and scandals which are uncovered have always been as a result of our prayers. Let’s not be hopeless when we supplicate our Lord. Let’s also keep vigil on any suspicious moves or persons in our neighbourhood and report them to our vigilantes.

  • Khadijah D.

    GEJ will soon pay a courtesy visit to the President of Chad with Modu Sheriff as his loyal escort, then the plan will be released with an excuse that govt know about the plan. Thank God our prayers are been answered, soon BH sponsors will be exposed after or before they lost 2015 elections

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      You mean your prayers to Lucifer !

      • endingNaija

        The lady said “soon BH sponsors will be exposed … ” Tawanda , so you do not want BH sponsors to be exposed? Why? Na wa o! Me I tire for you Goodluck Jonathan people! So you Goodluck Jonathan people are only using Boko Haram? Why dont you want their sponsors to be exposed as the lady prayed? Hm Hm Goodluck Jonathan people you are being exposed gradually.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Thank you Russia !!
    A friend in need is a friend indeed !!

    • Guguru

      Russia is suffering from sanctions. They are being bullied by the USA and there is nothing they can do about it. LOL. So, why praise them again?

  • Wähala

    Headed for Chad but grounded in Nigeria ba? Na God catch Dumbo in his evil plans to reign terror on Nigerians and cancel elections in restive enclaves. Russia is broke like Naija, Putin will accept dirty cash which Dumbo has enough of to execute his wicked agenda. Just after visiting his pal Derby of Chad, weapons are headed to the Boko Haram who operate from there now that the insurgents are taking serious poundings and losing territories, of course they need the arms and life vests. But methinks, Dumbo and the PDP imported the arms and Kano just being bombed means security agents are alert and conscious. How come no Spokesman is available for comment means Dumbo is behind the airlift, his bubble has bust and the evil permutations after his weekend meeting with Abach is up in another scandal. Like the illegal SA arms deal, this is not the end we’ve heard of this… truth has a way of permeating even rocks, Aso Rock!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Evil,confused and malicious analysis…………..as expected !!

      • Wähala

        Why are you the only gejito answering everyone with insults? Since when did Asari become “the peoples hero” to an Igbo man from Anambra State, as you claim? See why I say you’re no Igbo? Small-small, monkey don dey talk like human but is still a lower-intelligent animal. You ati Deri are Aborigines and your overzealous comments give you away quite easily. Go ahead, keep the insults coming make I finish my odeku… BAZTARD!

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Asari the freedom fighter is a national hero !!

          • Wähala

            To a scavenger like you, maybe. To civilization, Asari is a “wetback” and a terrorist. Arrested twice in different countries for gun-running, money laundering and other nefarious activities. To a common tout without decorum like “online insurgents” like you, he is certainly a hero. My bet is, you want to be like him when you grow up, right? Anu ichie… anu ohia!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Anuofia !! Nelson Mandela (RIP) was once called a terrorist………..who cares,Asari is the creek lion. MAKE YOU GO TRY NA !!

          • Wähala

            I can break his balls from where I am but that’s not yet necessary…
            Waiting for him to spill one Nigerian’s blood in the name of re-elect Dumbo and I will be here to claim glory for numbing the obese clown. Ediot. What do you know about me? Think I’m a deportee like you? When fat Asari bolts from Nigeria we in the diaspora will welcome him with fisticuffs ooh! Go-siddon! Like Peter Obi, you’re a shameless “oti mkpu” for an Aborigine for the crumbs he throws at you. Onye ara! Dirty He-Goat…

          • Guguru

            Tawanda.

            Why the insults? Just sit back and enjoy the collapse of Jonathan’s empire built on sand and silt. Enjoy the humiliation of Jonathan. It is worth it. LOL.

          • Bashir Shuaibu Adam

            please, leave Asari with his obesity problem. Na fats go killam.

          • djay

            When your hero should be Saro wiwa it’s Asari who is your hero.

          • Ha

            Yes I agree since they claim Niger- Delta is a nation.

      • Guguru

        Tawanda,

        It is evil in your eyes because you know the weapons were going to be used to terrorize Nigerians into submitting to Jonathan’s evil plan. All you care about is for Jonathan to win the 2015 elections even if it means losing thousands of Nigerians in their evil plan.

    • growthengine

      You are contradicting yourself. GEJ wicked agenda, but sending weapons to BH, and BH is taking poundings and losing territories? The Conscious and alert security agents, are they not working for the FG? Try to make some sense please in your analysis.

      • Wähala

        Boko Haram are losing because they’re running out of weapons. Silence of Govt. officials means Dumbo knows about the arms cache which I think was meant for his BH terrorists. Alert security was procedural, whenever an aircraft touches ground it is subject to customs procedures which means declaration of cargo. However, other reports say the NAF intercepted the Russian plane and forced it to land. Either way, methinks Aboki have taken their security in their hands after the Kano mosque bombing thus, the tip-off. Remember how Nyako escaped? Pal, not all security agents work for Dumbo… others work from within. Whatever, the good news is the weapons didn’t make it into the wrong hands. Waiting for official Govt. release… stay tuned!

      • Ha

        Nothing contradictory in his comments.

      • Almightygodalmightygod

        Correct your statement , working for FG but being undermine by GEJ .

      • Onike24

        Could it be that they were not prewarned?

    • warry

      Could it be that some persons are angry that if Chad, Cameroon, Niger, actually support Nigeria that BH may be defeated? We know that some persons do not want the FG to buy the weapons the Army requested for their operations. Why are we like this?

      • Babandum

        Why should poorer Chad, Cameroon and Niger be the ones to buy the weapons that will “support” Nigeria to win BH? Should it not be Nigeria that is doing the buying?

  • ceweeco projects

    Alhaji Darki Bello from Kano State and the biggest financer of Buhari election campaign early hours today 06/12/14 was arrested by Nigeria security forces after a tip-off by local residence who suspected illegal trooping in and out of the premises 37 Female Suicide Bombers Arrested In the House. Alhaji Darki Bello was blindfolded and in hand-cuff while the women were taken away in a heavy guided military escorts, there were jubilation amongst the local residence who are willing to flush out any remaining boko haram activities.

    • Wähala

      Who is Alhaji Darki Bello, biko? Is he a member of PDP cabal? Who are his friends… could you fill us in about the shakedown? If true, the pieces fit perfectly, the haul was for Boko Haram and like I said, we haven’t heard the last of this. May Allah continue to Bless whoever tipped-off security agents and foiled Dumbo’s evil plan for Kano.

      • ceweeco projects

        Mugu, Alhaji Darki Bello, is a member of your Aggrieved Progressive Congress. He is the financial of your top candidate in your APC, ambition destroys its possessor, ambition begets vexations.

        • Wähala

          Then I’m certain your news is fake. Easy to pry out. If he were a member of APC, Olisa Metuh, Doyin Okupe, Reuben Abati and Prof. Alkali, would have all issued official statements by now… Again, Thank God the weapons didn’t reach the Boko Haram, shikena!

        • Ha

          Like father like son. You look like Jona or Okupe.

    • Babandum

      Please give us the news link.

    • akanwo

      na lie be this one. metu. asari and many others for don talkam big lie we are not full even when people like you are stil been ful oponu number one

    • kammykazee

      Wèrè alásọ.

      • ceweeco projects

        write in English moron

        • kammykazee

          I was praising you, crackhead.

    • progressive

      Bigot I don’t know were you got your own information

      • ceweeco projects

        Are you afraid your foot soldiers are rounded up?

  • King Carlos

    Jonathan, Ali Modu Sheriff and the President of Chad are ‘three of a kind’. They have a lot of shady deals going on. It’s just a matter of time before their secrets are blown open.

    • djay

      A lot in common indeed just like Ayo’s plane impounded in south africa with $9 million. Ayo and Gej two of a kind.

      • progressive

        No sorry have been said about the pastor plane been used it seems the presidency hiding all this facts

    • Guguru

      The secret is already out. All we await is confirmation. Jonathan is truly a mean human being.

      • progressive

        The presidency must be sincere with nigeria.

        • Guguru

          Yes.

    • warry

      Modu Sherrif was in APC all his life nobody called him B H sponsor. He now defected to PDP and offered to assist the FG in ending the crisis, now he is a Villain. Could it be that people are angry with him? Why was he not attacked before now. The FG declared ceasefire, some persons were angry and complained of timing .Why are we like this? Please I’m not defending him .i want more people from the north to come out like him and say I’ll assist the FG to end the crisis

      • Papamayor

        Me thought the reason why APC was tagged BH party was because of the presence of people like Modu Sherrif.

        • progressive

          But he is now in pdp he has been tagged already so he has to face the wrought

      • Babandum

        All the time Modu Sheriff was in APC, he was accused of associating with BH but Jonathan refused to investigate. Sheriff had access to the presidency even when he was in APC but when the heat got too much he ran home to PDP where his heart always was. He was clearly a mole in APC.

        • progressive

          Thank God that he left apc. Because Nigerians have now seen that sheriff is the sponsor of bh

      • akanwo

        are you aware he started boko haram in the first place, he even use them to campaign and win his second bid your are definitely not current.

      • Onike24

        Facts are very important we should not keep glossing over them! Modu was in ANPP, and not APC, he defected to APC and then back to PDP. If PDP knew he was a terrorism sponsor why accept him into their fold? All I can say is that when people are paid either directly or indirectly to support the goverment, they must remember that the monies received will run out sooner or later, and then what will you do? Back to the grinding poverty that is killing Nigerians daily..

        • alkali

          Modu never defected to APC, his party the ANPP merged to form APC.

          • Onike24

            I stand corrected!

          • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

            Good. Means all your objection at warri stand erased!

  • Guguru

    Nigeria fails to see that evil sits in Aso Rock.

  • GEJmustgo!

    It’s now clear that Boko Haram is an organized cult supported by Governments Of Nigeria and Chad not individuals! Wait and see, Jona will release the cargo plain and the whole news will vanish in the thin air and people will get killed because the weapons will undoubtedly end up in BHs hands.
    It would have been a smooth handover to BH had Allah not expose them in a broad day light.
    The Jona government is supposed to ask for explanation from Chad republic and if the explanation is not satisfactory the relationship should be severed! But he won’t do that because they are working for him.

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    I wonder what is wrong with some Nigerians. The military intercepts a transport of arms allegedly going across Nigeria and all guys do is demonise the military and the authorities. Is this collective madness or a spell on the thinking faculty of people?

    The change we need in this country is that of attitude, more urgently than we need a change of government. Terrible.

    • Bashir Shuaibu Adam

      For atitude of people to be changed MrFresh, there must be helping hands and authorities safeguarding the code of conduct and the rule of law. Authorities presently, are not doing any effort to make us believe in their atitudes. We are therefore, in a desparate need of change of those in authorities. So that they will begin to help in changing our atitudes as a people.

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        Nice justification for being paranoid. Congrats. I pray you be same enough to realise when the bus leaves the park.

    • progressive

      We are tired of a government that is not been sincere with is citizens

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        Hope you have now heard the latest Mr tired. Can you recant as a grown up?

  • Abdulkarim Santuraki

    Mr Fresh+ifebuche+paschal
    I agree with you we need a change of attitude but most of all we need a change of leadership from this weakling overseeing affairs, it is by now quite obvious that we are under a potential threat of an external invasion. Last week in an interview a house member from Yobe revealed a shocking statistics of military deployment with the entire three states of Born, Yobe and Adamawa manned by 12,000 men as opposed to 200,000 military force deployed to the border by Chad and 40,000 force by Cameroon in the border, no responsible commander in chief will be having a party with such uncomfortable massive deployment. I want to remind us that Chard attempted an invasion of this country in 2003 during the Shagari administration, they were decisively repelled by the Nigerian 3 division armoured corps under the command of Gen. Muhammad Buhari the then GOC.

    • progressive

      The change must come whether they like it or not

    • GbemigaO

      Chief. Sorry . The Nigerian army is not up to 120000 please. Where do you get your story anyway