Ikeja - The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) on Wednesday diverted a Donnier 328 aircraft carrying Gov. Aliyu Wamako of Sokoto State to the Kaduna Airport.
This is contained in a press statement signed by Joe Obi, the Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister of Aviation, Stella Odua.
The statement was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ikeja.
It said that the diversion was a safety and security precautionary measure for the governor and other passengers on board the aircraft from Abuja to Sokoto.
"The safety and security precautionary measure followed the near-breakdown of law and order at the Sokoto Airport by an unruly crowd of Wamako supporters, who broke the airport's perimeter fence to enter the tarmac to welcome the governor.''
It said that efforts by security operatives to prevent movement of people into the restricted areas of the airport was resisted by the crowd.
"NAMA decided to divert the aircraft to the Kaduna Airport to restore normalcy at the Sokoto Airport.
"The governor and other passengers on board had since landed safely at the Sokoto Airport after the crowd was successfully restrained from entering the restricted zone,'' it said.