The Aviation Security (AVSEC) directorate of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has exposed the pilfering of passengers’ luggage, a scandal that has lasted for years, after several months of investigation by the agency, using close circuit television (CCTV). The syndicate behind the protracted theft at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos has now been unraveled.
FAAN identified the suspect behind the syndicate as a 38-year-old Chinwendu Okereobode, an employee of Check Port Security (a private aviation handling company that works for Emirates Airlines), who in connivance of another suspect, Mr. Oriola Afeez, a member staff of the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company Plc (Nacho Aviance) who is still on the run, and others who were yet to be identified ran the illicit baggage pilfering ring at the airport.
General Manager, Corporate Communications of FAAN, Yakubu Dati said Okereobode was caught on September 2, by the CCTV after it was reviewed by AVSEC.
According to Dati, the pilfering at the nation’s main airport, which had generated a lot of controversies, had continued unabated for some time and led to the Crime and Investigation (CIB) unit of FAAN’s Aviation Security Service to be put on the alert and directed to investigate the issue.
“The investigation got a major lead when AVSEC officials received a report of pilferage from Emirate Airlines on its flight of July 19, 2013 and CIB officials embarked on an inspection of the photo footage from the aircraft’s bulk hold’s CCTV showing the reported pilfering in progress,” he said.
Dati explained that, Okereobode was identified in the footage and was apprehended, where he later confessed to giving Afeez, a Nacho Aviance staff, the permission to go ahead with pilfering on the parked aircraft, while he gave him protection inside the aircraft bulk hold.
“The culprit confessed to aiding and abetting the Nacho Aviance member of staff in removing an I-Pad computer and other valuable items belonging to passengers, which were sold and proceeds from the sale, in the sum of N8,000 was given to him.
“This discovery has confirmed that pilfering gangs are mainly cargo handling agents and airline security officials, who have been operating from inside parked aircraft, contrary to the wrong assumption that pilfering was done inside terminal,” Dati alleged.
FAAN also disclosed that Okereobode, who was charged for conspiracy and stealing, was on Friday last week sentenced to six month imprisonment concurrently, while police officers were kept on the trail of Afeez.
Reacting to the incident, Nahco Aviance’s Head of Corporate Communications, Adesanya Onayoade, said investigations were still ongoing on the incident but acknowledged that it was confirmed that a member staff of the handling company was involved along with workers of other agencies at the airport which complete investigation would expose.
Onayoade said it was important that FAAN should install CCTV at all the areas not accessible to staff of handling companies and others who could inspect what activities were going on during offload of luggage.
“We are waiting for the full investigation. Two years ago, we sacked about 200 workers due to fraudulent activities, including theft. We are waiting for the outcome of the present investigation,” he said.
“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims
Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.
It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.
The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.
Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.
In his words;
“Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.
Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.
The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own.
my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue
we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price
I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you
While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”
Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.
If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”
See his post below:
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.
The moment Morayo and Co decided to leave the station after it had been taken over by hoodlums.
— My Opinion (@Diji_O) October 21, 2020
Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.
The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.
Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.
Watch the video clips below:
— Itz CakeByTolex (@tolulope_salako) October 21, 2020
— POSTNAIJA (@POSTNAIJA) October 21, 2020
— Angry mob attacks TVC , set the station on fire.. pic.twitter.com/xEDpLeWkpW
— VyrãlTreñdz (@TheVyralTrendz) October 21, 2020
‘Hoodlums’ have reportedly invaded news station, TVC and are attacking their people. pic.twitter.com/h90bWoL37o
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) October 21, 2020
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