Police arrest passenger for smoking in London-Lagos bound flight


police… nab another for stealing passenger’s $1,400

The Airport Police Command on Sunday, arrested a passenger, Lawal Oluwabusola, for smoking cigarette on board Arik Air flight from London to Lagos.

A statement by Livinus Chukwuma, police public relations officer (PPRO), Airport Command, said the man was apprehended on arrival at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

According to Chukwuma, the passenger was smoking electronic cigarette in the lavatory which triggered off emergency alarm system in the aircraft causing confusion among passengers.

He said the passenger action was not in consonance with the in-flight safety procedures, saying he had been arraigned in court on two count charge in accordance with Section 2(1) of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) bye law 2005, and Section 166(1) (d) of the criminal law of Lagos State.

In a related development, the command has also apprehended a man for allegedly stealing the sum of $1,400 from an Air France bound female passenger at MMIA.

Chukwuma said the passenger forgot her purse containing the sum after taking some rest on a couch in Gabfol lounge at MMIA while waiting to board the flight

Meanwhile, the Airport Police commissioner, Frederick Lakanu, had urged airport users nationwide to conform to the rules and regulations guiding the airports and aviation industry, saying that ignorance would not be an excuse if caught in any unlawful act.