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Man who rammed cab into Arik plane moved to Abuja

Calabar—Aniefiok Okon, the taxi driver who rammed his cab into an Arik aircraft at the Margaret Ekpo  Airport, Calabar, a fortnight ago, has been taken to Abuja by security operatives.

Okon, who had been in detention at the Air Force base in Calabar since the incident, was said to have been transferred to Abuja on the order of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Seyi Petirin, when he visited the airport last week.

A source at the airport said Wednesday that the decision to move him from Calabar was informed by his continued display of unstable mind and refusal to cooperate with the investigation panel two weeks after the incident.

NAN recalled that Okon drove his taxi cab with number-plate Cross River XA254 KMM into the airport and rammed it into an Arik Boeing 737 aircraft marked 5N-MJJ loaded with passengers and awaiting take-off.

The taxi driver, who was rescued from the scene with minor injuries, said as he was being taken to the Air Force base for detention that    he was not through with his mission.

He also said that the society was filled with filth and corruption and that people had no respect for God.
“He was transferred to Abuja to see if he will be calm and cooperate with the investigative team.
“If his seeming mental problem persists, he will be taken to the hospital for treatment and subsequently, investigations will resume,” the source said.

Meanwhile, the two gates destroyed by the taxi cab have been replaced with new ones.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old boy was on Tuesday arrested around the airport runway by a police team currently patrolling the premises.

He was said to have been found loitering around the runway and could not explain his mission there.

The Airport Manager, Mr Mahmud Sani, confirmed the arrest of the young man and said he had been detained at the Airport Police Post.

The police spokesman for the state command, Mr Etim Dickson,  said: “We don’t have any comments on the issue now. At the appropriate time, the Commissioner will speak on it.


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