The Federal Government Thursday confirmed the grounding of a Kenyan aircraft that brought in three Nigerian deportees to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos for non-adherence to security procedures.
The aircraft has been detained since June 3, with the directive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Coordinating General Manager, Corporate Communications, Aviation Parastatals, Mr. Yakubu Dati, who confirmed the grounding of the aircraft, said the flight was going through routine security scrutiny and when this was completed, it would be released.
He also disclosed that the aircraft, a DC-9 with registration number, 5Y-SAX owned by Cavoc Airlines, arrived in Nigeria on June 3 with 15 crewmembers and the three Nigerians that were deported.
The deported Nigerians, he said, were still in detention at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “On the 3rd of June at about 18:36 hours, a Kenya aircraft with registration number 5Y-SAX, owned by Cavoc Airlines, arrived Nigeria with a total of 18 persons. Among them, 15 were crewmembers while three were passengers. The three Nigerians were said to be deportees from Kenya , but the security agencies in Lagos discovered that certain procedures were not complied with and subsequently grounded the aircraft.
“That is why the aircraft has been grounded and it is going through security routine at the moment. As soon as the grey areas are clarified, the aircraft will be released according to the laws of the land. The type of aircraft is DC-9 and the deported are still under detention”.
Meanwhile, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has released all outstanding staff promotions, between 2009 and 2012.
The promotion, which cuts across all cadres and airports, the statement added, was preceded by a screening exercise, which involved written examinations and oral interviews designed to test the capacity of qualified staff to handle the responsibilities of higher office and their grasp of current developments in the industry.