‘Mentally Unstable’ Man Caused Arik Air Incident-SSS



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The State Security Service,SSS  has clarified what   transpired during  the  Arik Air flight from Maiduguri to Abuja today.The country was gripped Tuesday afternoon by rumours of  failed attempt by a suspected Boko Haram bomber to blow up Arik Air.But the rumour was untrue, officials said.

Soon after the rumour went viral on the internet with some sites publishing the unverified report, Princess Stella Oduah ,minister of aviation used her twitter handle to dispel it. “The alleged Breaking News about a bomb scare on an Arik flight is absolutely false. There is no iota of truth to this rumour whatsoever “,the minister said, adding that  “The flying public should please go about their normal businesses as the airport/airspace is safe. Thank you”,without giving further details.But the SSS this evening  attributed the air  incident to  man who is ‘mentally unstable’.

A statement by Marilyn Ogar, deputy director, public relations department of state services (popularly called SSS) said “On Friday, 19th October, 2012, Wife of the SSG to the Borno State Government, Hajia Yachilla JIDDA, travelled to Maiduguri in company of one Aminu S. GALADIMA, an interior decorator based in Abuja to do some interior decoration work. On arrival in Maiduguri, he was lodged at Greenland Hotel. During the course of his stay, he exhibited unusual behaviour by smashing a window, and ended up with lacerations on his hands.

Continuing Ogar said ,“The SSG was contacted, and in collaboration with the Hotel management, subject was taken to Atal Hospital, also in Maiduguri, where he received treatment. His family in Abuja was contacted and they gave confirmation that GALADIMA has been mentally unstable. In addition, his elder brother who lives in the UK was contacted and he requested that subject be returned to Abuja for medical attention.

“On Sunday, 21st October, 2012, he was taken to the airport to be returned to Abuja, but missed the flight. However, the Airport management was informed of his state of health, and they advised that whenever his return is scheduled, the management should be notified. Unfortunately, when GALADIMA was taken to the Airport on 23rd October for his return trip, the management of the Airport was not informed, and 10 minutes into the flight, due to slight turbulence, his condition was triggered off. Meanwhile, GALADIMA is in the custody of security forces” the SSS spokesperson said adding that “this clarification has become necessary to dispel the unfounded rumours concerning the flight”

Read the full text of the  SSS statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT

This is a brief highlight of the incident that occurred on the Arik Air flight from Maiduguri to Abuja.

On Friday, 19th October, 2012, Wife of the SSG to the Borno State Government, Hajia Yachilla JIDDA, travelled to Maiduguri in company of one Aminu S. GALADIMA, an interior decorator based in Abuja to do some interior decoration work. On arrival in Maiduguri, he was lodged at Greenland Hotel. During the course of his stay, he exhibited unusual behaviour by smashing a window, and ended up with lacerations on his hands.

The SSG was contacted, and in collaboration with the Hotel management, subject was taken to Atal Hospital, also in Maiduguri, where he received treatment. His family in Abuja was contacted and they gave confirmation that GALADIMA has been mentally unstable. In addition, his elder brother who lives in the UK was contacted and he requested that subject be returned to Abuja for medical attention.

On Sunday, 21st October, 2012, he was taken to the airport to be returned to Abuja, but missed the flight. However, the Airport management was informed of his state of health, and they advised that whenever his return is scheduled, the management should be notified. Unfortunately, when GALADIMA was taken to the Airport on 23rd October for his return trip, the management of the Airport was not informed, and 10 minutes into the flight, due to slight turbulence, his condition was triggered off. Meanwhile, GALADIMA is in the custody of security forces.

This clarification has become necessary to dispel the unfounded rumours concerning the flight.

Marilyn OGAR, msi

Deputy Director, Public Relations

Department of State Services

23rd October, 2012


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