How Arik staff were caught stealing at Lagos airport – Minister

The Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka, on Monday said the ministry has arrested three Arik Air staff for stealing fuel from an aircraft.

Mr. Chidoka said on his official Facebook page that the trio of Blessing Dugbe, Samuel Asuquo and Isaac Ajakaiye were arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, during a security patrol operation on Sunday at about around 3 a.m.

Mr. Chidoka said the trio were stealing Jet A1 fuel from Arik Air plane, with registration number: 5N-MID into six jerry cans for sales at cheaper price to other unsuspecting airline operators.

“A development that has capacity, to threaten safety and security of airplanes. Meanwhile, the three (3) suspects were handed over to the Crime Investigation Bureau (CIB), AVSEC MMIA for further action,” Mr. Chidoka said.

He said in the aviation industry’s fight against corruption and security breaches, other chief security officers and heads of aviation security have been alerted and directed to intensify patrol and surveillance operations at various
airports across Nigeria.

He said considering the magnitude of the crime to the security and safety of airplanes, the chief security officer of the Lagos airport has been asked to ensure that the suspects are handed over to the airport police for adequate prosecution.

This is not the first time that Arik staff are accused of theft. Passengers have often lamented the loss of one item or the other aboard the airline’s flights.

In an exclusive report by this newspaper in June 2014, some passengers lamented how they lost items ranging from iPad, jewelleries, clothes to perfumes.

A passenger interviewed for that report complained that the lock on her luggage was broken aboard a flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Also, a popular Nigerian blogger, Japhet Omojuwa, once accused the airline’s flight attendants of stealing his iPad aboard one of its aircrafts.

The airline is yet to officially comment on the latest incident.


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  • mcleomat

    Mr chidoka, u may av to take clearance from ur oga at the top and release those pple at once. This is just a mere case of stealing Wch is not the same thing as corruption.

    • Jarma

      And for further legal advice on whether this case is stealing or corruption, tell Osita to call presidency or PDP office

  • Ochuko

    Just imagine if you steal fuel from an airplane and the plane crashes bcos the fuel inside finish before the plane reaches its destination. Na wetin go happen? But bcos you failed to send Otedola & Farouk to jail, these 3 honourable men had the guts to steal. Pure & Simple. Bcos you failed to send MKO to jail, these guys believe that corruption is not stealing. We must deal with our past. Our errors of the past are just too grave. Still haunting us. Will continue to until we do the needful. Which is: Kill all the ediots who have stolen my Niger Delta monies directly or indirectly.

    • That is why we are voting Buhari to start with his Kirikiri Presidential Suite prisons for GEJ and Diezani, so that all other smaller criminals can take a cue there-from.

    • Niyi Akinlabu

      MKO to jail?! Are you smoking dung?!

      • emmanuel

        Ask Fela wetin be ITT? International Thief Thief – of Abiola

        The problem of a lot of young Nigerians is that they have all the i-gadgets but do not read Nigeria with them.

        Abiola was a rogue who stole so much with the ITT and also funded military coup across Africa from the proceeds of his crooked ways.
        – Blood!

        Abiola is not only about June 12 my prend!

        • Niyi Akinlabu

          Did you read the comment I replied to? Or do you have selective astigmatism?

    • Onike24

      MKO? What did he ever steal? We know that you can libel the dead, but this is unforgivable.

      • emmanuel

        Onike Fela song International Thief Thief referred to Abiola and the co.pany then called ITT. Those who are old enough knew Abiola as an Accountant and the rest of the story can best be imagined by a Nigerian who is never bothered about history.

        That is the reason why your likes shout change without simulations, analysis and objective decision making – follow follow.

        So you do not know that Nature took from Abiola what he deprived others of and the lives lost through coup and insurrection across Africa he funded in company of his crooked friend IBB?

        Onike shine your eye

        • Onike24

          Not only do I know about the song and sometimes will sing to it, I also know the back story the background to that song goes back more than 50 years, if you can tell me the specific details and whether what Abiola did was ” stealing”? To be honest, there serious ethical issues with that transactions, but Abiola did not steal, he could create wealth from Air! Have you seen how successful almost all his children are? Dupe started a website with no background in IT, that website is worth millions of pounds and she is a trained barrister! Please do not rewrite history. Abiola paid the ultimate price for this country and to have him vilified by people that are largely ignorant is unacceptable, and more importantly, to ahve him vilified by a Jonathan ” stealing is not corruption” apologist is even more disgusting.

          • emmanuel

            Yes Dupe is doing well. How many are?

            I gave you a peep into history,

            What I love about Nigerians home and abroad is that whoever helped underdevelop the nation in any form, become a statesman once he leave office and can castigate the current government. Moreso when such character begin to throw stolen wealth around.

            Onike does not mind the colour of money, moni na moni!

            That is why Obasanjo who made the PDP notorious turned around to vilify the party he helped to weaken and people are busy calling him a statesman.

          • Onike24

            Look, I don’t know who you are but I can tell you one thing, if I was only interested in money then I would support Jonathan, we were talking about Abiola, how did we end up with Obasanjo? A clear sign of poor debating skill is ad hominem statements . Money does not motivate me one bit.

  • Ernesto Che Guevara

    Lest we forget, “Stealing is not Corruption”. This will be the most memorable quote we will use to remember our Clueless president GEJ. God help Nigeria. If the thieves had sinister motives, they could even pour water into the aircraft’s fuel tank to contaminate the remaining fuel and cause the plane to crash.

    Oh Lord in heaven hear our cries and grant us a new set of upright leaders.

    • amazing2012

      Excellent !

  • solozo

    What won’t Nigerians do for a few more bucks? At the expense of peoples’ lives? God, you really need to help us change our values or at least give us values in this country.

    • Mike

      “Nigerians are a bunch of thieves”, Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State.

      • jake Harods

        why do’t you post the source directly? I suspect it does not exist 🙂

  • Maitama Tambari

    Mr. Minister, charity starts at home. Where is your Minister who ran away with those vehicles? By the way, who are the buyers of aviation fuel from jar cans? If there is a seller there must be a buyer. Simple economic principles, the market has existed since the cabals are in control of the country. How many private airlines do we have in the country? The Minister does’t know, that is how the market has been established and those thieves cannot buy fuel through the normal market because they are not registered to avoid airport and space charges, so black market evolved at the airport. Mr. Minister, resign before the CHANGE catches you with your pant down. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

    • Uturu Mgbagbu

      Nonsense.

    • KokoBaresi

      You talk like a kid. The is an incident that just happened and its being investigated. You don’t know what the investigation will unearth but you’ve started running your mouth amok. You’re talking about change without knowing what change actually meant.

    • amazing2012

      Good one !

  • dd

    OBJ mom is called Arike. He named the airline after his mom but distance himself from the company by using IBB method of using proxy. I think Arik should be investigated by Buhari.

    • emmanuel

      Arik was partly floated with NIPP funds diverted by Obasanjo through Arumemi Johnson

  • Eze1

    Greedy employees

  • Arrest warrant

    Airplane Aviation kerosene for that matter..people are dubious and ungodly in this country..they don’t care wat wll happen to the airline and its passengers in case of emergency..while stealing is not corrcorruption..in pdp gvt