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Lagos Airport Police Command arrest passenger smoking on board

27 July 2015, 07:49

Ikeja - The Lagos Airport Police Command has arrested a Nigerian passenger, Lawal Oluwabusola, for smoking cigarette in an Arik Air flight on London to Lagos route.

In a statement on Sunday by Livinus Chukwuma, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Airport Command in Lagos, said that Olubusola was arrested on Sunday upon landing in Nigeria.

He was apprehended at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

The PPRO said the suspect's action was not in consonant with the in-flight safety procedures.

"The suspect was smoking electronic cigarette in the lavatory which triggered off emergency alarm system in the aircraft causing confusion among passengers," he said.

In 1992, the International Civil Aviation Organisation had passed a resolution mandating its 152-member countries to go on smoke-free by July 1, 1996.

Also read: Security lapses blamed for stowaway's death

Chukwuma said that cigarettes smoking, or anything else that produces smoke or flame, is prohibited during flight especially in commercial aircraft.

He said that the suspect has been arranged in court on two count charges.

According to him, the charges are in accordance with Section 2(1) of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Bye law 2005, and Section 166(1) (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

In a related development, the command said it had also apprehended a man for stealing the sum of $1,400 belonging to an Air France bound passenger at MMIA.

Chukwuma said the passenger was taking some rest on a couch in Gabfol lounge at MMIA waiting to board the flight and forgot her purse containing the money.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police at the Airport command, CP Frederick Lakanu, urged airport users to conform to the rules and regulations guiding the airports and aviation industry.

He said that ignorance is not an excuse.



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