Nigerian arrested for smoking on Arik Air London-Lagos flight

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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 Mr Livinus Chukwuma, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), 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 consonance 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.

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 arraigned in court on a two count charge 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, 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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