Tuesday, 1 October 2013

STOWAWAY COPYCATS? Police arrest three 'would-be' stowaways teenagers at Lagos airport....


Three would-be stowaway teenage boys, arrested on September 24 and 25, were, yesterday [Sept. 30], handed over to their parents by Commissioner of Police for MM International Airport, Lagos command, Salahu Waheed.
The Commissioner in charge of the command, Waheed Salau, handed over the teenagers, Joshua Amadi, 14, from Ebonyi State; Onyedikachi Ukpabio 14, Abia, and Lateef Popoola 13, Ogun, to their relatives.

Waheed, while handing over the suspects to their mothers, said there was a need for their respective state governments to rehabilitate them like the Edo State Government did with teenage stowaway, Daniel Ihekina, who was arrested on August 24, 2013 after sneaking into the tyre compartment of a Lagos-bound Arik plane.

One of the teenagers, Lateef told PUNCH they were not ready to execute their plans yet but went to the tarmac to observe how aero planes take off and land. He said he was able to gain access to the runaway by sneaking into an airport apron bus, but was arrested shortly after alighting.

He said:

I am not in school, I dropped out in Primary three. I was arrested last week Wednesday. I actually wanted to travel but I have yet to decide where I will go. So, I just went to the tarmac to see the aeroplanes.

Lateef’s grandmother, Adunni, said she had no idea that her grandson was nursing the idea of travelling out of the country. She said she had been responsible for his upkeep  since his mother abandoned him at infancy.

“I did not know that he wanted to travel. I just did not  see him last week and I started looking for him all over the place. It was on Saturday that I finally found out that he had been arrested,” she said.

Onyedikachi and Joshua were said to have been arrested after asking some security agents where Malaysia flights were boarding. After being questioned, the boys, who were both in SS1, said they had no travel documents and were immediately arrested.


Police said Onyedikachi’s brother was in Malaysia and it was possible that the teenager wanted to travel out to see his brother.

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