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Why Atiku’s plane was searched – Aviation Minister

The aviation minister has explained the decision of airport officials to search former vice president Abubakar Atikus’s plane.

Mr Abubakar, who arrived Nigeria on Sunday, mentioned on Twitter that he was searched by airport officials.

“I arrived to Abuja this morning to a search by agents of the state, aimed at intimidating me and my staff,” Mr Abubakar said on his Twitter handle shortly before 4:00 p.m. Sunday. “I am committed to building a Nigeria where no citizen is intimidated by agents of state who are paid to protect them.”

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Why Atiku’s plane was searched – Aviation Minister


The opposition presidential candidate did not elaborate on the search.

In his reaction, however, the aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, described Mr Abubakar’s claim as a ” mischievous attempt to grab the headlines.”

“While it is true that the Task Force on Currency at the airport did the routine action of checking the former Vice President’s travel bag, he was accorded full respect as a senior citizen,” Mr Sirika wrote in a statement

Read Mr Sirika’s full statement below.

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This is a mischievous attempt to grab the headlines. Nigerians need to know that one of the resolutions of the Atiku team at their recently-concluded, opulently-held Dubai retreat was to embark on scaremongering. This is one of such.

For the records, all incoming passengers on international flights go through customs, Immìgration, health and security screening.

Where the aircraft is using the private, charter wing, as the PDP Candidate did, such arrivals are met by a team of the Immìgration, customs and other security agencies. They go to the arriving aircraft as a team. The airport authorities confirm that this is a routine process, applying to all international arrivals, including the minister unless the passenger is the President of Nigeria. The President, the Vice President and passengers aboard planes on the Presidential air fleet use the Presidential wing of the airport.

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It is also important to state that even in the Presidential Wing of the airport the President of Nigeria uses, there is the presence of Immìgration and other security officials who must stamp his or her passport on arrival.

By standard procedure, all aircraft on international arrivals must first of all park at the international wing of the aircraft. They can move to the domestic terminal only upon the completion of the arrival processes.

While it is true that the Task Force on Currency at the airport did the routine action of checking the former Vice President’s travel bag, he was accorded full respect as a senior citizen.

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These checks are mandatory, conventional, internationally applied and routine. No one is excused from them under our laws. These checks are carried out on all international arrivals and President Buhari does not get involved in them.

Law-abiding citizens are encouraged to respect the laws of the country and our VIPs should not seek to be treated over and above the citizens they wish to serve.

50 Comments

  1. This is going to be a long bumpy ride between buhari and atiku…this is just the beginning.. Nigerians pls do enjoy the ride.

  2. Nobody is above the law. Searching Presidential Aspirant is not a big deal, let’s put head together and do the needful.

  3. If it is a normal routine thing to be searched on arrival I don’t see anything bad in them searching him

  4. Why is he complaining they are only doing their job no string attached,except he his trying to drag nonsense abeg lemme hear word Mr a-ti-ku

  5. This I must say is a plan to intimidate the Ex Vice president. What exactly where they looking for in his bag?
    Apc’s drastic measures is becoming absurd

  6. According to rule of law,all citizens are equal before the law,how they treat others is how you will be treated too,things are happening now,so trust no one

  7. I don’t even know whom to believe,the kind of lies we hear in Nigeria has made us not to take the media seriously atimes.

  8. This is absurd in a way, but in another way, there’s no big deal. Take it as a protocol you must observe. No one is above anyways.

  9. There’s nothing bad with that, nobody above the law the law that mandate for follower shall be as well for leader

  10. This administration surprises me everyday, why searching this gentle man or maybe their use to come in with exbit and they think that another person will do same

  11. that tells your that no body is above the law, but what is good for the geese is also good for the ganda….all politicians should be treated the same

  12. If that’s the procedure and the routine at the airport Atiku should not feel intimidated let them do their job

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