Dana Airline yesterday dispelled the rumour making the round of an attempted bomb attack on one of its aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
Communication Manager of Dana Airline, Mr. Kingsley Ezenwa who spoke to Vanguard said that the rumour making the round that some passengers came on-board its aircraft en-route Lagos to Abuja with guns and other ammunition with intention of bombing the aircraft was not true.
Mr. Ezenwa pointed out that the passengers in question were the security aides of Former Vice President Abubakar Atiku stressing that they were four in number and one of them came with some bullets which made the security officials of the airline to stop them from boarding the aircraft.
Mr. Ezenwa added that the airline officials had to direct them to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to do a proper documentation of the bullets before they could fly to Abuja.
He said: “Nothing spectacular happened. They were about four of them, one of them was on a wheel chair and we learnt they had a road accident and they were trying to fly to Abuja for treatment. One of them had some bullets on him. Our security men saw it and sent them to FAAN and NCAA to do a proper documentation before they could board”
“They were supposed to fly from Lagos to Abuja by 1:30pm but because of the situation on ground and in a bid to do a proper documentation of the bullets, we delayed them till 3:30pm when they finally left Lagos for Abuja.
“We even had to write a report to that effect to FAAN and NCAA. We learnt that the other security men that had guns with them had already travelled but not with our aircraft.
“There was no bomb scare at all. When we told them that they should go and do a proper documentation of the bullets, they did not argue with us, they just went straight away to do it. There was no tension at all,” Mr. Kingsley affirmed.