Passenger Arrested For Allegedly Stealing N1 Million Inside Airplane


Aug 2, 2023

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Air Peace has revealed that a passenger on board one of its flights allegedly stole N1 million from another passenger’s bag but was caught.

This was revealed on Wednesday, by the spokesperson of the airline, Stanley Olisa, who said in a statement in Lagos that the incident took place on board Abuja-PHC flight P47192 on July 27.

Recently, there have been reported cases of theft onboard aircraft involving different airlines operating in the country.
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Mr Olisa said that the suspect stole the amount contained in a brown envelope but was caught by the owner of the money, with the intervention of the airline’s staff.

He explained that during the flight, the suspect took another passenger’s computer bag from the overhead cabin.

“He thereafter took the brown envelope containing the money, put the computer bag in another luggage compartment, and moved to an empty seat at the back of the aircraft.”

Mr Olisa said that the suspect was one of the first few to disembark despite the announcement of a proper disembarkation sequence by the crew.

He said that the suspect was eventually caught and the money retrieved from him, with different currencies in different denominations found on him.
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Mr Olisa said the suspect was handed over to the security operatives of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for onward transfer to the police for further investigations.

He said that the police later confirmed that they had released him on bail, but said that the chance of prosecution was slim as the owner of the money was unwilling to follow up.

Mr Olisa said that Air Peace staff would continue to be security-conscious and urged passengers to be more careful with their personal items on board.


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