Earlier today , i posted the news of plane crash but it has been confirmed by The National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA).
NEMA has denied reports of an plane crash or crash landing of any aircraft in Igando/ Isolo area of Lagos.
In telephone interview with The Nation, the information officer, South West office of NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye explained that no aircraft either crashed or crash landed in any area of Lagos.
He said :” NEMA confirms that there is no air crash in Lagos. No aircraft crash landed into either Igando or Mangoro area of Lagos.
“What we learnt is that on Wednesday night, about 11.20 pm, some persons were transporting scraps of disused aircraft in a truck from the airport vicinity. This triggered anxiety among resident that saw it, people took the photographs and circulated it on social media, thinking it was wreckage of an aircraft that had a crash. This is the cause of the anxiety. There is no crash in Lagos.”
Meanwhile, aviation authorities at the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA), Nigeria Airspace Management Agency ( NAMA), and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ( FAAN), have clarified that there is no air crash in Lagos.
It was said that the aircraft was a junk plane belonging to flamboyant preacher and founder of Bethel Ministries, the late Gabriel Oduyemi, triggered panic across Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
of an aircraft that was evacuated from the airport last night after the federal government issued a directive that all scrap aircraft be evacuated from all airports. The aircraft was spotted being towed along Mangoro and later seen at a gas station.
The American registered aircraft, marked- N972TF, with inscription G O, Gabriel Oduyemi Crusades, was towed from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja area of Lagos and dumped near Dapsey petrol station in Igando area of the state.
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, Engineer Nnamdi Udoh said in a statement that the aircraft belonging to the late clergyman had long been parked at a NAMA facility up till Wednesday night when it was eventually removed.
Udoh said the aircraft was released to Captain M.J.Ekeinde who will be using it for educational purposes in Badagry, Lagos. He said a cross section of the wings was removed to ease transportation to its new location.
“This morning, we were inundated with phone calls and enquiries over a crash involving a small aircraft but there is nothing like that It is a hoax because our system did not capture any missing plane,” Udoh said.
Before Udoh’s explanation, the social media were awash with millions of people making calls to friends and family members who were either at airports or on their way to board planes.
Residents of Igando for instance were scared with many of them thinking that the jet had crashed in the night at the filling station. Many residents gathered at the filling station wondering how the jet managed to get to the place.
An official at the scene even claimed that the jet was being taken to Badagary area of Lagos before one of its tyres burst.
Many residents who spoke to P.M. NEWS said when they woke up this morning and saw the plane, panic gripped them.
But is this how to evacuate scrap planes? Naija! See more photos after the cut…
Junk aircraft in patrol station
Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA Spokesperson for South-West, debunked the rumour, saying that it was a scrap aeroplane being evacuated from the airport .“It was just the scrap of an aircraft that was being evacuated from the airport. The Federal Government had issued a directive that all scrap aircraft be evacuated from all airports, as well as scrap ships from our waterways,” Mr. Farinloye said
“The evacuation is usually done at night to forestall this kind of public misinformation by mischief makers. We were there at 11.20 p.m. yesterday,” he added.
Gabriel Oduyemi was a Nigerian pastor and the founder and general overseer of Bethel Ministries Inc. He was described as a flamboyant speaker who believed in financial prosperity for Christians.
One of the peculiar events during his services was when he would instruct the people in attendance to wave white handkerchiefs above their heads, in order to realize their miracles of becoming millionaires.
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