By LAWANI MIKAIRU & DANIEL ETEGHE
An intending passenger collapsed and died Monday while waiting to collect the Yellow Card from Port Health Officials at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. This happened during the first official tour of the airport facility by the new Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka.
The dead man, Mr Akunne Osei, Vanguard gathered ,was a Nigerian residing in Accra who arrived Lagos for business transactions aboard an Arik Air flight on Friday August 8, 2014 and was on his way back to Accra for medical treatment.
Speaking on the death of the passenger, the General Manager, Corporate Communication, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr Yakubu Dati, said “ The passenger, Mr. Akunne Osei took ill on Saturday August 9 and started stooling. When the situation got worse, he called his doctor in Accra who instructed him to return to Ghana immediately for further treatment.”
Further said “ During boarding formalities for his return trip to Accra, at the international terminal of MMA, Mr. Osei, who had obviously become weak at this time, was subjected to Ebola Virus test by port health officials, the result of which was negative. No further attention was paid to him after his Ebola Virus result read negative but the passenger later slumped and died around the port health office.”
The sister of the dead man was seen crying, calling “Chike please get up, Chike please get up”. The body of Osei was kept at zero car park of the airport terminal when the minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka paid a visit to the facility and as at the time of this report, the body was yet to be removed .
However, outside the airport, an ambulance was waiting may be to convey the corpse to the mortuary or inward movement to his place of origin. The minister who has not made any official comment, will continue his tour of airport facilities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport and the General Aviation terminal in Lagos, tomorrow.