Lagos - Nigeria and Kenya appear headed for a diplomatic row after the grounding of Kenyan aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos since June 3.
Nigerian aviation authorities have seized, for ‘security reasons’, the plane which was carrying three Nigerian deportees and 15 crew members.
Yakubu Dati, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Coordinating General Manager, Corporate Communications said the aircraft had been seized under the directive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The seizure of the plane, which Cavoc Airline, owns, followed concern by state security agencies that certain procedures were not followed during the deportation of the three Nigerians from Kenya.
“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,” Dati said.
Dati said the plane would be released when investigations were completed.
While Kenyan officials were not available for comment, it is reported they are watching the situation closely.
- CAJ News