The threat of a bomb on an early morning Air Peace flight from Abuja to Lagos has been confirmed to be false, authorities said on Wednesday.
“The passenger that raised the alarm is said to have a history of mental illness and is currently with the security agencies and medical experts for assessment,” Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA on Wednesday.
Following the false information, officers of FAAN’s aviation security swiftly evacuated passengers, crew and cargo on board the flight and a bomb squad immediately conducted a thorough check on the aircraft and baggage, which confirmed the information to be false.
Aftermath of the due diligence test carried out on the aircraft, a fresh boarding call has been made and passengers have boarded the flight for take-off to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria will like to re-assure passengers and all airport users that our airports are safe and secure. They should carry on their lawful activities without any fear.
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