Suicide Mission! The family of a Nigerian, who wanted to play James Bond and
perhaps, shock the world with his plan, is currently gnashing its teeth,
as the venture has ended in tragedy.
Saturday Sun reports that a
young Nigerian, Mr. Emeka Okechukwu Okeke, recently wanted to do the
impossible by smuggling himself into the United States, but ended up
arriving not only in body bag but also as mangled body.
Impeachable sources at the Murtala Muhammed International, Lagos,
revealed that Okeke had beaten all security at the airport, traced his
way to the tarmac and sneaked into the tyre compartment of a Delta
Airline’s plane scheduled to depart for Atlanta, United States..
was gathered that the plane had departed Lagos, without Okeke being
detected, and safely arrived Atlanta. Ground staff of the airline, in
the United States, were said to have discovered pieces of flesh and
blood smear on one of the tyres of the plane and raised an alarm.
check on the plane revealed the mangled body of Okeke in one of the tyre
compartments of the aircraft. The check also revealed a bag and a
mobile phone on what remained of the body of the young man.
Sun gathered that shocked officials of Delta Airlines, in the
US, had put on the mobile phone and scrolled through the numbers. To
find out the identity of the man, they were said to have called the last
number dialed and made inquiries. The man, who received the call, was
said to have revealed that the owner of the phone had travelled to the
Delta Airlines officials in the United States had
transferred the case to Nigeria, where it was discovered that Okeke, who
is married, had confided in some of his friends and relatives that he
was travelling to the United States on the night he sneaked into the
tyre compartment of the aircraft. His family has been contacted and its
members have identified the corpse of Okeke.
According to our
source, Okeke is from Anambra and had tried unsuccessfully for years to
get a visa to America. Owing to desperation, he decided to embark on the
risky venture, which eventually claimed his life. Although, he told his
family that he was travelling to US, he never revealed that he was
going to sneak into the tyre compartment of the aircraft.
to our source, Okeke colluded with airport officials to gain access to
the tarmac, before finding his way to the plane in the dark. He was said
to have wrapped himself in a blanket, not knowing that the aircraft
tyres would get to where he was and kill him.
Airline staffers, who guarded the plane at the airport on the day the
incident happened, have been arrested by the police, to explain how
Okeke sneaked into the tyre compartment of the plane.
Sun gathered that Delta Airline has a security policy, whereby
its plane at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, is guarded
from the time it arrives Nigeria, in the afternoon, till when it departs
with passengers in the night.
With such security arrangement,
the airline is, therefore, shocked that somebody could have access to
the plane undetected and embarked on a suicide mission, which has caused
the airline a scandal.
The police at the airport command are
currently battling to find out how security was breached at the airport
An airport official, who pleaded for anonymity, told Saturday
Sun, that many people had been smuggled out of the country by
sneaking into aircraft.
The source said: “That route is for
people who have guts and all efforts to leave Nigeria have failed. The
man has bad luck; it is not his destiny to leave Nigeria. Maybe he did
not follow the instructions given to him on how to survive under there.
This is not the first time people are sneaking out of Nigeria through
that means. Sometime last year a woman travelled through that means and
“If this man arrived safely, we would not be talking
about this. He was careless with his life. Now innocent staff of the
airline are going to suffer for his mistake. Those who guarded the plane
that night were arrested.”
The racket at the airport
The question being asked by people is, how possible is it that somebody would gain access to the tarmac
undetected, considering the tight security in the airport? Our source
explained that such illegal movement is being coordinated by a syndicate
at the airport, which also works with airlines’ workers.
gathered that people who need such services pay as much as N800,000.
They tutored on how to survive in the aircraft compartment. For one, it
was learnt that they are given blankets and winter clothes with which
they would keep warn while the plane is in flight across the Atlantic.
the country of destination, the illegal immigrants are received by
agents in the syndicate, who smuggle them into the country.
source blamed the level of corruption at the airport on poor working
condition, alleging that some of staff are paid N30, 000 monthly.
this present day, how can one survive with such an amount of money? We
have to survive; that is why there can never be a cure for the level of
corruption at the airport. There is nothing like absolute security; the
people at the helm of affairs smuggle things into the plane also,
despite their fat allowance,” an airport worker said.
contacted, officials of Delta airlines refused to comment. However, a
policeman at the airport command confirmed the incident and said
investigation was going on.