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Seized arms-laden Ukrainian plane released

By AbdulSalam Muhammad
A Ukrainian Cargo plane loaded with weapons that was impounded by Nigerian security operatives last June flew out of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, yesterday.

The Cargo plane with registration number UR-CAK jetted out of the airport early Tuesday, and could not be confirmed where it was heading to as airport official kept sealed lip over the development.

The plane, believed to be heading to Equatorial Guinea in June and suddenly made a technical landing in Kano was subjected to serious search by eagle-eyed operatives who discovered large quantity of arms, and ammunition inside it.

A number of arrests were subsequently made when the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI), took over the investigation and to date there has not been any official statement from the Federal Government on the issue.

Vanguard learnt that the security around the plane was relaxed following the withdrawal of armed security personnel deployed in the wake of the seizure.

Security sources at the airport told Vanguard that the decision to let the impounded plane off the hook was informed by the prima facie established that the plane belonged to Equatorial Defence Ministry to avoid diplomatic row with a maritime neighbour.

The Airport Commandant, Group Captain Abagboyi was not available to confirm the development, while senior officials of the airport declined comments on the issue.

On his part, the Director-General of State Security Services in Kano , Bello Tukur, told Vanguard that he was not aware of the development, and referred the reporter to find out from their airport office.


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