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Boy Hides In Arik Airplane Tyre Hole From Benin To Lagos Airport; Daniel Ihekina Arrested By FAAN Officials

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Boy Hides In Arik Airplane Tyre Hole From Benin To Lagos Airport; Daniel Ihekina Arrested By FAAN Officials

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August 25, 2013 – Boy Arrested In Lagos For Flying Arik Airline On Tyre Compartment From Benin Airport

Boy Hides Inside Arik Airplane Tyre Hole From Benin To Lagos Airport; Daniel Ihekina Arrested By FAAN Officials

A young boy beats airline and airport security at the Benin Airport and sneaked into the tyre compartment of a Lagos-bound Arik plane, where he flew safely to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, on Saturday morning.

There was, however, pandemonium at the airside of the Lagos airport when passengers disembarking from the aircraft saw the teenager as he emerged from the undercarriage (aircraft tyre hole) to join fellow travellers.

The adolescent stowaway, identified as Daniel Ihekina, was immediately arrested by security officials at the airport.

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and Arik Air confirmed the incident.

Although the General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said full and urgent investigation had commenced into the mysterious circumstances that led to the huge breach in airport and airline security, the situation has continued to beat the imagination of aviation authorities in the country.

The situation, which has become a major source of worry among the authorities, has also led to a blame game between FAAN and Arik.

FAAN, in a statement on Saturday, said it held “Arik Air liable for the circumstances leading to the stowaway of a teenage boy on its aircraft at the Benin Airport.”

In a statement signed by Dati, FAAN, said, “Arik Air acted with impunity by not stopping the aircraft to check when the crew and ground personnel’s attention was drawn to an abnormality on the tarmac.”

According to the FAAN spokesman, the procedure for such infraction is for the crew to abort the flight and return to the apron for check-up.

He blamed the airline for the alleged impunity, warning that the airport authority would not tolerate such infraction from any operator.

He said, “This is arrant display of impunity. The aircraft should not have taxied further, but return to the apron until a proper check is carried out on all parts of the aircraft. FAAN will not tolerate such impunity henceforth from Arik or any airline. Any violation would be met with applicable sanctions.

Dati, however, said the teenager was already giving useful information to unravel this ‘misnomer.’

In a swift reaction, Arik, in a statement, blamed FAAN for the huge breach in security, noting that the incessant cases of security breaches at the nation’s airport had become a major source of concern to the airline.

The statement quoted Arik’s Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue, as saying, “We are worried by the incessant security lapses at our airports. We are appealing to the management of FAAN to immediately address the problem.

“The management of Arik Air has expressed shock over the incident, wondering how the teenager beat the aviation security personnel at the Benin Airport to get to the runway.”

Arik said its pilot had reported to the control tower the presence of a strange boy in the bush about 200 – 300 metres at the end of runway before leaving the airport.

Ndulue said the control tower had told its pilot that they were sending security men to the place to arrest the boy.

Ndulue, however, said, “As the captain was making his final turn, preparatory for take-off, a cabin crew called his attention to the information by some of the passengers that they saw a boy running towards the airplane. The First Officer confirmed that they had observed it earlier and alerted the control tower which responded that they had sent the patrol team to arrest the boy. The captain again reported to the control tower and was informed that the situation was under control and that he had been cleared for take-off.

“On arrival at the domestic wing of MMA, Lagos, a teenage boy, who apparently had sneaked into the aircraft main wheel well jumped out and was arrested by Arik personnel and handed over to FAAN security.”

The Arik aircraft with registration number, 5N-MJG Flight 44, which left the Benin Airport around 9am for Lagos, was said to have on board top officials of the Edo State Government.

A passenger aboard the flight, who spoke with Sunday Punch on the telephone said, “We felt the signs in Benin when the plane was about leaving and as it was moving slowly, we heard a loud noise as if the tyre crushed somebody on the ground and we all started shouting. It means the boy was already inside that tyre compartment before we left. We left for Lagos, but when we landed at Lagos Airport, the boy came out from the tyre hole, everybody started shouting.

“But speaking seriously, this shows that we have a serious problem as regards securing our airports. This is a serious security breach. If that boy was carrying bomb, it means he would have succeeded in blowing up the plane. How can somebody be in an aircraft without being detected; we are in trouble in this country.”

Though no official at the Benin Airport volunteered comment on the issue, it was gathered that the teenager may have gained entrance into the airport from the Akenzua road axis, where perimeter fencing is non-existent at different points.

In 2010, a desperate young Nigerian, Emeka Okechukwu Okeke, who tried to smuggle himself to the United States, died in the tyre compartment of a Delta Airlines aircraft and was discovered on arrival in New York.

Okeke, sneaked into the place at Lagos airport.

In 2012, the dead body of a young Nigerian man was also discovered in the wheel well, the undercarriage compartment of a domestic airline, after it returned from South Africa.

[Report by by Oyetunji Abioye, James Azania and Udeme Ekwere, Culled from Sunday Punch]



  1. dudu koshefiowora

    August 25, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    How did he gain access thru,dis is not new jare.and moreover dis is child abuse. They are not suppose to show or handle him roughly like dat. They should interrogate him private to know what the problem is.

  2. emeka greatest

    August 25, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    know security in 9ja just believe me

    • samuel

      June 10, 2015 at 11:35 AM

      Are you trying to say “no” or “know”? mind what you type on site please.

  3. ken

    August 25, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    To show you how desperate Nigeria youth are mean just to survive by all means if this boy that is not up to 18yrs can take this kind of risk what of full grown youth. you people are de talking of security you should do something about youth empowerment I no the boy will be asserted instead of training him in army so that he can be useful to himself and entail public you people should thank God is not Boko H.

  4. Mae

    August 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Ds boy is wondaful…

  5. Juddy

    August 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    This boy deserves an award and scholarship, all at the same time. The Government should take over the boys education in the security forces, he is a great asset. Many of us have taken similar risks with great guts in the past unnoticed. He should not be punished. There is no security in this nation, let`s say it as it is. What we have is corruption.

  6. uka

    August 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Nigeria is a bad story, every evil comes from it.

    • ola

      August 25, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      u said it as it is. Full of evil and loads of B…sh.t

  7. Tell_it_like_it_is

    August 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    What is the teenage boy’s age? is he old enough to have his identity revealed? Owing to this poor excuse for journalism, readers don’t know this, but they should. This journalist either failed to find his age or just refused to state it, yet he is quick to present us with his photo and name. For the avoidance of doubt, if he is indeed a teenager(below 18), he may be held culpable, arrested if you like for his actions, but his identity shouldn’t have been revealed. More importantly, scapegoats within the authorities should be in high demand!!

  8. Taiwo Nordveit

    August 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    He perhaps lost his mind

  9. joe

    August 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Well….my advise to nig government is to training this little boy for security purpose,let us forget about law or what ever this boy is a gift to nigeria concerning security purpose…thanks

  10. Nnaemekanwosu

    August 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Eeh wetin b lag of #1500 frm benin,nai u won cm rsk yo lfe.u gt lck i swear…

  11. steve mbah

    August 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    4 me nobody shld hurt dat boy’if u do God wil punish u 10x ova.becos dat boy is tryin 2 survive a bad govment dat does’nt care abt d masses,de only chief our money an wicked us.bribery an corruption is their biznes,man must survive becos d poor re getin impress wit d small boy’i wish 2 c more of dis.

  12. Vestance

    August 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    This is very unfortunate. It shows that nobody is safe in this country. The airport security personnel shud hide their heads in shame. A tenager outsmarting airport security? Laughable!

  13. Obilodascot

    August 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    This is tremendous..but if i may permit to drop my thought, i would say that the boy needs a versatile investigation, indesense one will make him feel nasty scared while the investigation is going..because for a teenager like this to undergone such a task means that he’s upto something and at thesame time he’s got a mighty talent which after the cool investigation by the government..can be detected and be used for the nation…these are the things we ought to learn from the foreign and advanced countries..who will take good care of this teenager rather than arresting him..!

  14. usher

    August 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    daniel u r too much. That is real determinatn, pls govt shud immediately enrol dis boy in airforce skul so dat he wil become a pilot in future. He hd all it’s take to be pilot.

  15. Ajasco

    August 25, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Wonder shal never End. How cn a tenerger do ds it was so amazing.

  16. Ajasco

    August 25, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Infact it was indeed a misterious circumstance.

  17. Nancy

    August 25, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Wonders shall never goodness!

  18. Kerimu abuh

    August 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    This nigeria na waooo. Thank God say d boy no carry bomb. Bt arik airline u people should be in prayer always. If nt (oji egwu anya akpe)

  19. Muniru

    August 25, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    That’s rather bad on the part of the airport officials

  20. Okeke Amarachi

    August 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Dis boy is a hero,pls govt take note nd encourage him 4 better Nigeria.

  21. deeoner

    August 25, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    D boy might hav tot d plane was goin out uv d country.Nw dat he finds hiself in lagos,i pity him cos he go sell Gala tire,lol…

  22. Engr. Livingstone Silas

    August 25, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    this shows that the SURVEILLANCE system is nothing to write home about

  23. Uzoma chris

    August 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Daniel ihekina, for thou has pass thru thy plane tyre without being dead or hurt, as from today one, you are my hero.

  24. Nnaji Chisom S

    August 25, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    He is not that to be blamed, rather he should be pardoned and now tighten the security against that kind of incident from occuring ever again

  25. chapatti

    August 25, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    This is very funny. How on earth did he beat our security? That means, if he had a bomb, he would exploded the plane?

  26. jonas ogbonna

    August 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    are u people sure dat dis is a true story?anyway if it is,were is the security.wen d boy sneak into a plane tyrehole.


    August 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    More grease to the boy’s elbow,long live my guy may u live long to teach we the elders this experince. Well done young boy!! With or without visa card we shall surely travel by air through other means (the newly inveted method). Govt. Should fine work for the boy other than penalising him. The boy is worthy to work in aviation department. What a cheapest way of transportation!!

  28. mohammed muktar omeiza

    August 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Amazing!!! He is God sent to the nation irrespectively of the circumstance before hand, he should be awarded a national hero!! To beat airline securities no be beans,he should be interrogated for info how he did it n later trained aline for he is got guts n could be very useful someday.


    August 25, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    God will punish anybody that penalise this innocent boy that is looking for the ways of survival


    August 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    In-security in Nigeria, the guards in the airport should be penalize but not our role model that introduced new means of transportation by air for Nigerian youths. Even if it was me, that is the exact thing that I will do! Oppotunity comes but once!! The boy should be taken to Abuja for a job in the federal ministry of aviation because this is an history

  31. nelly young

    August 26, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    pls i beg nigerian govt to tamper justice wit mercy.d littl boy is jus actin on way thins is in nigeria,if federal govt is lookin for who punish, it should b there security men not the littl who is tryin to survive by al means.long live my young warluck.i hail

  32. joseph okiteson

    August 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Dont be surprise friends is there any thing Nigerians cant not do ?

  33. Adeyemi Taiwo

    August 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    for this child to have gained access to the plan tyre, it has fully shown that we lack security in our Country. If a little boy cannot be detected with any devices then tell me when will will be able to detect greater challenges than this. are there no CC cameras or other this that could have detect him before the departure of the plan. imagine the entire world looking at our nakedness. What a nation

  34. David

    August 26, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Supposed this boy is a suicide bomber, he would have succeeded in killing all the innocent soul inside the plane. God have mercy on our Nation Nigeria.

  35. Alvin

    August 27, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I wish I could speak to the boy. All I want to know is how that part of the plane feels and how he managed. Datzall!!!

  36. king

    August 27, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    i don’t think that boy should be treated in such harsh manner, the security in benin should take most of the would you let a young boy skip through your view, run through the tarmac, and no one saw him. For me i just think its funny and embarrassing.

  37. Dubem henry

    August 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    The boy is too smart,the govt shuld nt punish him at all
    at all rather they shuld give him award,had it been the boy eventually find himself in united states which is on his mind,do u think the american will jail him? Not at all they will take him and train him and he will become a citizen there.naija no get security infact daniel u re my oga at the top.

  38. Lawal Adijat Ozohu

    August 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    this is unbelievable

  39. Lawal Adijat Ozohu

    August 28, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    it is sad to know that this country is not secured,
    How can we bring poverty to a limitation?
    “E go better” a slangs i kept on hearing,
    when will this country be a better place for we all?


    August 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Infact dis is mysterious,it means d lacking of adequate security in dis our country is becoming worsen bcos how could dt be happened if our securities are adequately okay.So am begging d government to have mercy on dt boy instead of any harshing or purnishment.what govt need to do is just to interrogate d boy secretly incase of necessity.After such interrogation,investigation shd followed inorder to know d bottom or tail of dt matter.But still dt boy shd be educated and trained as Air force by d Federal govt of dis nation ‘cos of how talented he is and for d usefulness of dis country in future..DANIEL!(d youngest talented) bravo to you..I remain my self (F.BK USER NAME-POPSON OLAD) thanks.

  41. humphrey Okoro

    August 31, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    The govt. of this great Nation where talents are abounds should hide their faces in shame,they busy killing people to enriched themselves at the expense of the people they claim they lead,the Boy sensed it and decide to leave by all means where he may have hope, he might have taken risk but that does not matter to him because he need where he would be cared for.shame on Jonathan and co

    • nesty carlo

      September 3, 2013 at 5:55 AM

      that’d nija for u,u see in a nation where people eat from hand to mouth so many things are bound to happen,in an airport where we hv hundred nd tens securities the little hero was able to manover himself into an aircraft,where are those tuggs in uniform,instead of their normal job doing they purposelly concentrate on those that are going to europe or coming for the first time so they can thief all their money,ok what if this hero was Osamas associate,he will just blow so so easy as that,nija youth we are making our dreams by ourself bcus no future for us in the hands of our leaders,the way u lay your bed that is how u will bebu on it,imagine if one little boy can think running away from his own home his country d giant of africa -NIGERIA-,intact that country need deliverance,many more are bound to happen do anything u like no problem u are on your own.

  42. Isutec

    September 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Is good


    September 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM


  44. the face of africa

    October 5, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    I supported all good comment made about the little boy, he deserves a reward and made to school to become a multi useful to nigeria, bcs been able to sneak to that point means a lot. Any wo dea hurt him by any means will account for it

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