Stowaway Attempt Foiled In Lagos Airport

Another teenage stowaway was foiled yesterday, as a boy whose name or age could not be immediately ascertained, attempted to stow away, but was apprehended at the airside of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

The boy attempted to stow away on an Allied Air Cargo aircraft that was preparing for take-off.

This came almost one month after the Nigeria Police, Airport Command, paraded three teenagers for attempted stow away at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, MMA, Lagos.

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file: stowaway attempt failed

According to airport sources, the incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday.

The teenager was spotted by the airside staff of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, NAHCo, who were handling the aircraft.

After his arrest, he was handed over to Aviation Security, AVSEC, of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.

The sources further said the boy was taken out of the airside by AVSEC officials to an unknown place.


  1. Lessons From Daniel’s Escapade

    By: Ahmed Razak Oluwasanjo on September 24, 2013 – 3:37am

    While we are still perplexed by the miraculous survival of the 13- year-old Daniel who travelled from Benin to Lagos, hiding in the wheel of an Arik Air aircraft on August 25, 2013, it is necessary that we do not ignore the salient issues and lessons therein.

    Though pardonable, considering no harm was intended and done and the fact that the stowaway boy in question is an underage, this should not make us drift away from the truth and begin to celebrate an obvious expression of desperation and a suicidal act that stemmed out of obsession with sci-fi movies. Hence, differentiating between productive passion and desperation becomes imperative.

    The incident vividly exposes the insecurity passengers who travel by air are exposed to. Had the stowaway boy been a suicide bomber the story would have been different. It’s comical today because it involves a harmless Daniel, tomorrow it might cause the nation to mourn if a suicide bomber gets his/her way like Daniel.

    Rewarding an obvious act of thoughtless desperation by De Raufs might sound good but we should not forget in a hurry its negative impact on young lads. The reoccurrence of similar act barely two weeks after Daniel’s by a 27-year-old man is a good case in point. Therefore, differentiating desperation from productive passion and rewarding such is important; the developed countries we claim to imitate are careful about this. Western countries celebrate and encourage positive passion, not desperation as expressed by young Daniel.

    Besides, one out of over 10 million out-of-school children, including many Nigerian children hawking in the streets of Nigeria’s cities to help their parents pay their school fees, would have been a better beneficiary of such scholarship. Our society should not be known for rewarding and celebrating illegal and unproductive desperation, while young people with constructive and genuine passion are treated as weak hearted and left to suffer. Militants earning fat allowances monthly and being sponsored abroad for training while over 23.9 percent Nigerian youth, both in Niger Delta and other parts are unemployed, is another case in point.

    It also points to how poor Nigerians are in the midst of abundance. We can obviously see how unfriendly the Nigerian environment is when young ones who we think know nothing about life are ready to sneak out of Nigeria illegally in search of greener pasture. The nation’s political, social and economic failures have made it a toxic ground for the poor to realize their dreams and aspirations. Therefore, desperate moves to travel abroad at all costs without considering the risk involved becomes the last resort for frustrated Nigerians. An American lad would rather sneak to hell than embark on such act because he feels his country is a good place to realize his dreams.

    Without fear of contradiction, considering current hardships Nigerians are experiencing, I will not be surprised if frustrated adults (fathers, mothers, and grandparents) now start to try their luck like young Daniel just to get out of this country, since they could fall back to the huge reward that awaits such acts.

    I will not be surprised if I am misread. We cannot all sleep and face one direction; the truth needs to be told. Discipline has no substitute and, as Africans, our culture permits that we discipline an undisciplined child. Even our religion does not allow us spare a child the rod. Therefore, imitating wrong and bad culture in the name of civilization is not a welcome idea.

    — Oluwasanjo writes from Abuja

    • Thank you so much for this carefully thought out write up. If one had kicked against rewarding Daniel, some people will misunderstand your point but again Nigeria is now a country where anything goes. No matter the arrests, I won’t be surprised, in fact, I’m very sure more people will still harbour the thoughts of making attempts to engage in such acts. God bless Nigeria.


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