PHOTO: Three Potential Stowaway Teenagers Apprehended by Lagos Airport Authorities

Three potential stowaway teenagers, arrested at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on September 24 and 25, were handed over to their parents by the Police Command on September 30, 2013, Monday.

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The would-be stowaways were identified as Joshua Amadi, 14, from Ebonyi State; Onyedikachi Ukpabio 14, Abia, and Lateef Popoola 13, Ogun. Their relatives picked up the released boys at the airport.

One of the teenagers, Onyedicachi Ukpabio, an SS1 student, said they had not decided where to travel to before they were arrested.

He added that they were just at the departure hall when they saw a man, who approached them and asked them if they had a BlackBerry charger to enable him charge his phone.

Ukpabio said they told the man that they didn’t have one, before his friend, Amadi, asked the man if he knew the plane going to Malaysia.

He said the question made the man to alert the airport police and got them arrested.

Popoola, a primary three pupil from Ogun State, was caught on September 25, 2013, Wednesday, a day after Ukpabio and Amadi were arrested.

It would be noted that this is at least the third case of stowaway passengers in the last month. It all began with Arik Air stowaway teenager incident in the end of August 2013, which was followed by the case of a 25-year-old man, who has been arrested at Benin airport in the beginning of September for attempting to gain access into the airside.

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