FG grounds Kenyan aircraft in Lagos

By The Rainbow

The Federal Government has grounded a Kenyan aircraft that brought in three Nigerian deportees to the Murtala Mohammad International airport, Lagos, for defying security procedures.

Detention of the aircraft with registration number 5Y-SAX, owned by Cavoc airlines, was ordered by the Ministry of Foreign affairs, when the aircraft landed on 3 June, carrying one Anthony Chinedu, and two others, accused of drug dealing, who was accompanied by 15 crew members.

Kenya's new President, Uhuru Kenyatta has publicly directed security agencies to deport drug suspects, a situation which has a lot of suspicion that Nigerians are being targeted for deportation by whatever means.

Nigerian businessmen in Kenya said they are being harassed by the Kenyan government because they are believed to have supported former Prime Minister Raila Odinga during general elections in March, but the government has denied this.

FAAN said the Kenyan aircraft grounded at Lagos allegedly violated the country's security procedures.

The General Manager of FAAN, Yakubu Dati, made this known when he spoke with newsmen on Thursday in Ikeja.

'The aircraft did not follow laid down procedures,'' he said.

Mr Dati said that it landed at the MMIA at about 6.36 p.m. with 18 passengers, including three deportees from Kenya.

The general manager said that officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and some security officials detected the lapses during routine checks.

According to him, the DC-9 aircraft marked 5Y-SAS, belongs to Cavok Airlines.

However, Mr Dati said: 'The aircraft will be released immediately the security personnel complete their checks.'