By Enyichukwu Enemanna
A 14-year-old stowaway who gave his name as Rasheed Mufutau, found in United Nigeria aircraft parked at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2), has offered explanation on how he gained access into the tarmac of the airport despite heavy security presence.
He said he gained access into the airside through an opening at ‘Ile- Zik’ area of the Lagos airport perimeter fence along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
A statement by Oluwatosin Onalaja, Head of Media at Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operators of the MMA2 terminal, said the boy is now safe in the custody of the airport authority where he is being held for further investigation.
The teenage stowaway said he was “tired of the country and wanted to travel out.”
He passed through General Aviation Terminal, Air Force hanger and walked down to MMA2 where he hid himself at the Apron.
“He saw staff on duty at GAT and Air Force hanger but dodged them and passed through the bush. He became unconscious as a result of the drugs he took and a lack of ventilation.
“At around 6:10a.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2022, United Nigeria (the Airline) informed Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Ltd (BASL) of a 14-year-old stowaway boy found unconscious inside one of their aircraft,” Onalaja said in the statement.
Onalaja, added: “The incident boy was brought out of the aircraft and taken to the MMA2 clinic for first aid medical attention. He was later transferred for further treatment to the FAAN clinic where he regained consciousness at about 10:20a.m.”