Protest in Kano over detained Chad-bound Russian aircraft

Protesters have flooded the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, demanding Nigerian Government’s explanation on the arrested Chad-bound Russian aircraft.

The protesters, who are members of a coalition of northern youth organization, Northern Consensus Movement(NCM) said it was important that relevant authorities explain Nigeria’s relationship with the Chad-bound aircraft allegedly laden with military hardware.

The President, NCM, Ibrahim Wala, said with the terrorist attacks rocking Nigeria’s North East, it is impossible to overlook the sudden appearance of a cargo laden with weapons, including helicopters.

Protest in Kano Airport

“This is not the first time we are witnessing an interception of arm-laden aircraft, particularly in Kano Airport. It is unfortunate that all these while, there hasn’t been any explanation with regards to the destination of these cargos,” Mr. Wala said.

Mr. Wala said the group could not afford to sit back and watch the release of the aircraft without adequate explanation of its content and whereabouts.

“Now we are here again and incidentally we are talking about the content of this cargo which has some helicopters, you may recall there were certain reports pointing fingers to the Chadian government concerning the relationship of Chadian president with some of the politicians that have been fingered also,” he said.

The protesters carried placards that read: “We are in a state of war, we need aid not arms. We need detail of the Chad-bound cargo; Why is Ali Modu Sherrif in Kano? Where are the Northern leaders?”

The occupants of the plane – a pilot and a co-pilot and 16 others – are being held by the Nigerian Military.

One of the protesters, Muhktar Lawal, told PREMIUM TIMES that the group was protesting to get answers from relevant authorities about Nigeria’s connection with the arm-laden aircraft.

“We want to occupy the airport because there are so many irregularities going on; this is the third time a plane carrying arms is being grounded in Kano and always they will say the arms are not meant for Nigeria and nobody will hear anything again,” Mr. Lawal said.

He said with the incessant insurgency in the North East, citizens can no longer keep mum on the smuggling of arms into Nigeria.

“If the weapons are meant for Niger or Chad, why are the authorities of these countries not confirming such?” he asked.

Protest in Kano Airport
The Defence Headquarters on Saturday said the aircraft, an Antonov Cargo plane, laden with military hardware, was arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano.
It also said it was carrying out investigation as regards the origin and destination of the plane.

While the French ambassador to Nigeria, Jacques Champagne de Labriolle, has admitted that his country chattered the Russian aircraft to help it convey some military hardware from Bangui in the Central African Republic to N’djamena, Chad, he denied there were arms and ammunition aboard the plane.

The Nigerian government has also said it is not in a hurry to release the aircraft despite France admitting that it owns the military hardware aboard the plane.


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  • PROF

    Are this not hired guns ?. So why did you not protest when a mosque was bombed . Funny jokers

    • craig

      So what exactly is your issue with their choice of protest on this?

      • PROF

        Listen, we know kanawas wen we see them, wen they come out we will know.

  • Gideon Orkar

    So these 4 hungry Abokis who can’t spell are the so called protesters abi ? Premium terrorists

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      This is their day shift,the evening shift is at the Sambisa….the APC and their military wing will never cease to amaze Nigerians

      • waziri

        I know by now your mind is full of sorrow, frustration disappointment and shame with this catch of amunition. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ga

    • endingNaija

      Now Gideon Orkar I know you write on behalf President Jonathan. You push his case on every platform. But this is my question to you: These Nigerians are protesting AGAINST the sudden appearance of the strange plane on NIgerian soil, the lame excuse, AND AGAINST Boko Haram. Now you do not like that they protest AGAINST Boko Haram? Oh if so does this not validate the view that Jonathan and his people ONLY pay lip service to the fight against Boko Haram terrorism? It seems we are getting there gradually. I am shocked that you are not happy that these people are protesting against Boko Haram and this strange plane. And you being an online spokesperson of President Jonathan, your ngative disposition to their protest against Boko Haram says a lot about the zero commitment of the person you work for, and that person is President Jonathan. So you people want Boko Haram to continue? Na wa for Jonathan and his crew.

      • Gideon Orkar

        Pls build a check point in the skies above Kano so you can check all planes!

        • blueeyedkitten

          we know morons like you are only interested in bad mouthing anything islam or the north. you really dont have anything to offer. you only link boko haram to islam and the north with nothing but lies and conjectures. may your lives be ruled exactly the way jonathan and his co-travellers are ruling nigeria. amen.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            If Boko-haram Islamic terrorism is not linked to Islam and northern Nigeria….what then is it linked to ?
            Why are you guys constantly running away from reality !

          • craig

            GEJ, CAN, DSS and Ijaw Militants are the real BH. The picture is clearer now.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            If you really believe that infidel Christians are commanding Shekau to kill his fellow Muslims then needless to say that you must think of Muslims as sub-moronic.
            I think you should show more respect to the intelligence of Muslims….even the killer terrorists amongst them !

          • Otile

            Tell them bro.

          • craig

            Follow follow. I know you guyz work in the same office. Kontinuu!

          • Otile

            You are asking me to follow, no I can’t follow you to Islam. Islam is a cult.

          • craig

            It”s not about Muslims or Christians, its about tyrannical and barbaric politics played by GEJ and the glorified politician seating at the helms of presidency in CAN. If u care to know, Maiduguri, Jalingo and Damaturu had equal population of both Muslims and Christians. If you are still looking at those Chadians employed by GEJ and CAN thru their agents of Devil in Ali Modu Sherrif and the Chadian President as Muslim Jihadist, then you are more moronic than i thought. GEJ and current CAN president are clearly not Christians neither. They are some of the END-TIME signs we have been bound to see.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            You are clearly deluded,CAN is the Christian organisation in this country and from your analogy,CAN directs Shekau on how to kill his fellow Muslims and he obeys infidels…you simply reason from your backside !
            Stop insulting Muslims,give their intelligence some credit !!

          • blueeyedkitten

            you call your world of delusion reality? you stink, you know that?

          • Gideon Orkar

            Is it Islam or North that built the plane? #justAsking

          • blueeyedkitten

            just say amen

          • Gideon Orkar

            Amen.

            And may your live be ruled like Shekau has been ruling his captured territories.

            Oya say amen!

          • blueeyedkitten

            i never supported shekau. why should i say amen?

          • Otile

            Support him or get beheaded. Enjoy you sharia.

          • abdul afoede

            Why do you people like to dignify these ogogoro drinkers with replies to their nonsensical post? Travel to the so called south south and see what I mean.

        • craig

          How more sick can you be? Only if you go naked on the street perhaps. Though you are almost there. Keep it up.

          • Gideon Orkar

            I am always naked in the bathroom. Wanno come watch? Sicko!!

    • waziri

      Ur father and ur so – called CAN President, the arms dealer of the year are the terrorist.

      • Gideon Orkar

        And you are fatherless

      • the truth

        you can’t prove that. But we have proofs of this people being terrorists. I bet you have seen boko haram terrorists named george sekibo or paul nengi, all you hear is mohammed , abubakar , gambo etc

    • blueeyedkitten

      you’re a complete racist.

      • Otile

        Can they spell?

        • craig

          Can they spell? and yet this so called abokis have been managing your judiciary for many decades. They are far brilliant than a typical Ijaw militia and Igbo Biaf-rams.

          • Otile

            Don’t boast of Federal Character now. See what their ‘injudiciary’ turned continent Nigeria into. Are you proud of how your abokis mangled Najeriya for the past 50 donkey years?

        • blueeyedkitten

          you need to get out of that cave. do yourself a favor. travel, atleast just a little. and it would do a lot of help to your ignorance.

          • Sword of Damocles

            Why do respond to people who are proud to use their their tongues to shine the bottoms of another man’s shoes daily? These people do not honor their father’s names. To them this is all a game for the next meal. . Heard the expression “flies on shit”, now you understand…

          • Otile

            At least my name is real is your father’s name Sword of Damocles? Fake APC minion.

          • Otile

            Travel to see naked indegenes in your village mud houses. No thanks.

      • Gideon Orkar

        And you are a compound mumu. What is racism? Ethnic bigot you meant to say. If so I agree 100%

        • Otile

          He is talking about Northern tribalism. He does not understand the difference between their tribalism and racism.

          • Gideon Orkar

            Cow know anything before? Ignore the mumu!

        • blueeyedkitten

          are you confirming to us that you’re an ethnic bigot?

          • Gideon Orkar

            With a name like Gideon Orkar? You thought I was a nationalist? Surely you cannot be that obtuse!

    • craig

      Trust me, a lot of those abokis are far brilliant than you, your pay master and your entire off-springs.

      • Otile

        Brilliant in killing people you may say.

      • Gideon Orkar

        so brilliant that they kill themselves with weapons supplied by a clueless man from Otuoke? Naaa I don’t think so!

      • the truth

        brilliant enough to get brainwashed by an imam to put bombs in them to kill hundreds. You are kidding right?

      • Franklin Dbone

        Brilliant quota system.

        • craig

          Yes. That ia the same system that puts the most moronic and untrusted president tgat ever graced this World. The same system put the thug Wike as the minister of state for education and the most harden criminal of all time in Stella Oduah as the minister of aviation. Or what do u av to say to that?

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    They need a good meal………the APC are indeed mediocre,they cannot even organise protests even if it is for the wrong reasons !!

    • endingNaija

      Which wrong reason? So to protest against Boko Haram is wrong reason according President Jonathan and his online spokespersons? You are being exposed gradually.

      • the truth

        see how u are hypocritical. so only 8 people can protest for boko haram? If truly it was for boko haram you would be expecting thousands of people not 8 people. Don’t you in you smell a rat in this protest.

        • endingNaija

          So the protest of just one person is not a protest? Deliberately, I am going to really put this on your face now. Is called right in your face. learn. How old are you? Were you born when individuals like Esko Toyor, Tai Solarin, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Magaret Ekpo, Sawaba, Funmilayo Kuti, Balarabe Musa, Gani Fawehinmi etc would ENGAGE IN ONE PERSON protest on an issue and against an injustice? Isnt the death of the culture of protest-both MASS and INDIVIDUAL in Nigeria that is responsible for the impunity King Goodluck Jonathan Nebuchadnezzar is getting away with. Wait a minute the “truth” when were you born to fail to see these things as done in the past and that ought to be done today to stop impunity? Think and Learn

          • the truth

            with this comment you would always be in the opposition. While others will be benefiting from been the main dog, you would be the other nkita. To you those men can be compared to this rascals? I am appalled if not drawn to tears for you to compare this clear sponsored political gathering of 8 men to the above aforementioned 8 men. These great men never compromised just like ken saro wiwa god bless his soul. These rascals were clearly plucked from their houses, promised 1000 naira each to hold those placards. Go bury your face in shame if you don’t see this

          • endingNaija

            You rested your challenge of the true nature of the protest on your dubious sense of number. You said they are few therefore they are wrong! What a flawed thought! I asked how old you are deliberately to throw it at your face how HEROIC NIGERIANS individuals including the late Ken Saro Wiwa (whose heroic ideals do not belong to your pedestrian, corrupt and thieving bread and butter Goodluck Jonathan politics) protested NOT MINDING to be ALONE in their protest, NOT MINDING to hold a minority view. After I showed how you are wrong to say just because those protesting against the plane and Boko Haram are few therefore it is “sponsored” you changed gear. Those Nigerians are protesting both against the plane and Boko Haram. Are you saying as a supporter of king Goodluck Jonathan Nebuchadnezzar you cannot even support those protesting against Boko Haram? By failing to support those who are protesting against Boko Haram, you have shown that King Goodluck Jonathan Nebu and his team and represented by you the “truth” and other members of the Jonathan Nebu online team are actually in support of Boko Haram. Challenge this thinking and let us see you King Jonathan Nebu’s online spokesperson.

    • Amir

      Online insurgent you are here again to abuse Nigerians? What an incompetent administration that is misusing the youth in this way.

  • _Proudly Niger Deltan

    Make una see Monkey see wahala o! Shooooo…..! First, it was arms bunkers in Kano where Bunkers were unearthed. We neither heard nor saw protests. Second, we have heard 3 cargo planes detained in Kano in the last two years bcos they carried arms and we saw no protests. Furthermore, Senator Ndume of Bornu’s phone was discovered to contain text messages to & from Boko haram Islamist terrorist leaders, again we saw no protests…Bokohari threatened blood on the streets in 2015 if he loses, and we saw no protests. Some sitting members of the legislathief are in-laws, cousins, friends and ‘well wishers’ of Boko haram leadership & group…and we’ve seen no protests.

    I will bring it down South. What of the killing of Dele Giwa? …and he (Giwa) was actually the first Boko haram victim in 1986….and we saw no protests from Kano. What of the killing of beautiful Kudirat …and the poisoning of Abiola,… Pa Alfred Rewane etc…and no protests in Kano. What of the several Boko haram bombings at Ojuelegba and other streets of Lagos in the late 90s?… and there were no protests in Kano.

    …But when my Agbani won miss world and the event was to be hosted in Nigeria, Kano became interested in protests…they protested, burnt houses and destroyed property and killed some people…and the even was quickly cancelled and moved to another country. The organizers has assumed that Nigeria is a country, they did not know that we are a full blown continent where the lives of dead Palestinians from Israeli assault become more important than the lives of Igbo traders bombed to death at a motor park in Kano. The death of the mainly Igbo traders deserved no protests. Nonsense! ..Lets break up…this delay in breaking up is becoming too costly.

    • blueeyedkitten

      have you finished masturbating? good! now get the hell out of here!

      • Otile

        Terrible, APC members and profanity! What are you contributing here?

        • blueeyedkitten

          moron! everybody that doesnt agree with you is an APC.

          • Otile

            Are you not an APC moron?

      • cookie

        lol.. but he’s right you know

    • Truth is bitter

      Look at this Orgre, if Nigeria break today you have no where to stay. How many square meter of land do you have at all? Niger Delta people will turn you guys to be their slaves since they understand that Igbos worship money. If you come to north we taxt you very high. If you to Yoruba land you pay higher taxt. Hahaha! I pity Igbos #inyammiri Dodon kodi, ORGRE!
      Time shall tell.

  • the truth

    I thought i would see thousands of youths, just a scampered assemblage of 4-8 people sponsored on a mission by politicians. This propaganda would end in February then the baboon and the dog will soak in that blood they talked about.Premium times has reduced journalistic integrity for partisan politics. Where they are a mouth piece for a certain political party.

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    • the truth

      where is your office?

      • martins

        Don’t mind this lazy 419.

  • mukorogodwin

    This people should go and escort their cattle and stop fooling around, amajiris

    • Otile

      Tell them bro

    • blueeyedkitten

      this is all the impression you have about an average northerner, right? you really know your country very well indeed.

      • Otile

        Pictures don’t lie.

        • blueeyedkitten

          what pictures?

          • mukorogodwin

            The of those jobless protesters those hired ignorant

          • blueeyedkitten

            so you say. and you have a job…..plus you’re not an ignorant…cos you’re more intelligent than the entire people in northern nigeria, einstein.

          • mukorogodwin

            Gbam, you said so not me

        • loooool

        • mukorogodwin

          Tell them

    • looool

    • Khadijah Sadeeqah

      Mukorogodwin,Donvelly,et al I feel sad by ur comments. It is expected dat when u are educated,u shld nt use derogatory language on others. When u see ur neighbour’s beard on fire,do nt jubilate,pour water on yours. Yes,d almijiris u called us are better educated & well behaved than u. Emulate d teachings of Christ,by speaking well of others.

      • emmanuel

        It is only acceptable to PT when miscreants use derogatory Languages on Jonathan.

        • mukorogodwin

          Thanks

      • mukorogodwin

        Boko Haram have been killing here and there have they one day protested like this. The the of a profession should not be considered derogatory. Cattle rearing is a profession and to think of the humble amajiri as be derogatory is like not have knowledge of what it is.

        If you paid them to carry those placard you put their on the risk and even the entire, you have encourage violet just in name of discrediting government because I am sure they do not know what is on the card they even carry. Why are they calling for international communities to intervene for a plane that landed on your soil and still under going investigation? Think again and don’t comment

    • Four

      Bros… Do unto others what you would want others to do unto you! That was the teaching of Christ, right? Shame on you!!!

      • mukorogodwin

        What has Christ got to do with this

  • Baba Messi

    This is the height of irresponsibility. According to PT; ” Protesters have flooded Mallam Aminu Kano international Airport”!
    Five(5) hungry looking court jesters now amounts to ‘flooding’???
    Hahahahaha! My back o..my waist! Chai! LWKM!!
    Sad thing is, one of them even looks like Wähala! So this is what he is busy doing while claiming to be in obodo oyibo!
    Nawa o!

    • loool

    • Four

      Yes they may be hungry looking, but they are fighting for all of us in Kano. We were the ones that were attacked, we were the ones that lost our friends and loved ones. You know… I just smile when I read so called educated people’s comments, with an undertone of hatred and callousness. WHAT GOES AROUND…

  • favourtalk

    Honestly, we need justice in this country. Many lives are been lost everyday in this country and all some people could care about is to say the protest is sponsored by APC, what on earth can not be sponsored by APC self, let be frank with ourselves, it’s nigerians lives that are been wasted everyday and some dude here will be sentimental. Maybe they should see the bit of what bokohram is doing in the northeast, then they will realise that the GEJ adminisration has failed us alll and we need to send the man back to otuoke now now. We need change

    • George

      who wasted the lives

      They are all APC control states

    • emmanuel

      GEJ failed where?

      The Fulanis and Kanuris decided to team up to frustrate Jonathan, The result is more monies for securities, less for developmental projects, loss of lives and annihilation of Cristians and Indigenous people of the North East.

      Meanwhile, you tale about Justice, that has been sold by your Fulani Judges at two for a kobo. Has a Fulani Judge or Justice ever sentenced any Fulani to more than i year prison Term for looting Government Treasury or murder? Yet you talk about Justice?

      Why do you think the EFCC is sleeping today? Judicial compromises and frustration of prosecutors.

      • craig

        GEJ failed everywhere!

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    The one holding “Who owns the arms, we demand an answer” Does it mean he is both deaf and dumb?
    I can’t help but laugh when i look at these guys holding the cardboard sheets. lwkm.
    It’s democracy. Freedom of expression.
    all follow.

  • Wise Head

    Look at opening sentence of this report: “Protesters have flooded the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport…” Yet the people we saw in the pictures are not up to ten. That is the kind of journalism Nigeria celebrates. What a pity.

    • Otile

      APC statistics, bro. Have you not heard that there are more people in Kano than Eko? Figures must be inflated to attract oil money for birnin Kano, comrade.

      • hahahahaha

      • Four

        Otile have you even been to Kano? Let me tell you, in a country where most people don’t even know their rights, where freedom of speech is ‘guaranteed’, but freedom after speech is not certain, I applaud the bravery of these few people to be able to come out and take a stand. You can laugh all you can, because you don’t know the pain of loosing a loved one to this insurgency. And I pray you never do, because then you will not make fun of the people trying to fight back in the ways they know how…

        • funel imadio

          leave the shege. the pal wine addicts stiil think that eko has more people than london and cairo combined.. delusion amist austerity..shegu

          • Otile

            Yes, Eko has more people than Kano, Kaduna and Sokoto combined, and you know it.

        • Otile

          Yes, I have been to Kano airport all the way from Eko going to Rome. I have also been there, again from Eko going to Ingila. So been to Kano is no big deal for me and you or most Nigerians.

    • Four

      Wise Head… There was a plane captured in Kano with military cargo heading for Chad! Chad is a neighboring country infested with boko haram!!! Even if the Kano mosque bombing only affected ‘the almajiris’, have you suddenly forgotten the Nyanya bombing? The New Road bombing in Kano? Are we now so blinded with hatred for each other and sentiments that we cannot even be objective??? Haba! I am disappointed in Nigerians wallahi…

      • Wise Head

        Could it be possible that you are replying to my comment? I doubt it.

    • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

      ONE PERSON CAN BRING ABOUT A CHANGE; HOW? VERY SIMPLE;GOING AFTER THE LOOTERS OF PUBLIC FUND TAKING THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES OUT; I MEAN BOMBING THEM TO HELL;ONE ON ONE

  • PEOPLE

    KANO AIRPORT IS A FREE AIRPORT TO BRING ANYTHING YOU LIKE WITHOUT CHECKING. LEBANESE ARE NOT CHECKED AT KANO AIRPORT. LEBANESE & OTHER BRING ANYTHING THEY LIKE INTO NIGERIA.

  • Mosaku 147

    Protesters indeed.

    • emmanuel

      Mosaku147 what has suddenly hapinnnn?

      Abi nor be my Mosaku be this? or you dey for Osoba gang?

      This is the best media reporting jare.

  • Bashir Sani K-Guga

    May God disclose their bad intensions.

  • warry

    In the Rivers State polytechnic somebody raised a false alarm that a security personnel had killed a student. The students went on rampage destroyed school properties only to find out that it was a lie. Now they are made to pay for the damage. We should all be guided as we play politics.

  • longben

    A four-man “flood” Na wah for our journalists!!!

  • Okey

    Some people think that elections can be won through mischievous propaganda.

  • martins lomba

    Well spoken, just that they no dey hear.