Supersensitive security alert system has intercepted a suspicious Russian made Antonov aircraft with a chopper tucked in it at Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano Nigeria.
PRNigeria, a Nigerian Government official Public relations agency in a statement issued to NewsWireNGR said intense investigation is ongoing including using diplomatic means to unravel the mission of the aircraft, its origin and destination.
Competent security sources confirmed that the aircraft and crew are under protective custody pending conclusion of investigation.
The affected plane was also said to be carrying two helicopters and bullet proof vests.
A source at the airport told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that the plane which was bound for D’jamena, Chad Republic, landed at the airport around 2:15am on Saturday.
According to the source, the crew members are still being detained by the security agents following the discovery of the arms including many AK47 rifles and other items.
‘’Security has since been beefed up at the airport in order to ensure proper investigation,’’ the source said.
When contacted, the General Manager of Communication,Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Yakubu Datti, confirmed the seizure of the plane.
He said the pilot sought for permission to land at the airport following a technical problem with the aircraft.
‘’The plane had a technical problem and the pilot sought for permission to land at the airport,’’ he said.
Datti who declined to describe the contents in the aircraft, however, said that security agencies had since commenced investigation on the issue. (NAN)