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Nigeria Releases France Plane Detained In Kano “Weapons Belong To French Army” – Officials

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Nigeria Releases France Plane Detained In Kano “Weapons Belong To French Army” – Officials

Dec 8, 2014 – Nigeria Releases France Plane Detained In Kano “Weapons Belong To French Army”- Officials

France has admitted ownership of the cargo plane that was impounded by military authorities at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, last Saturday.

It said that the flight was covered by a diplomatic clearance given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, noting that the Autonov 124 Russian commercial plane was forced to land at the Kano airport because of dense air traffic at Ndjamena airport,Chad.

A statement from the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jacques Champagne de Labriolle, on Sunday, stated that the Antonov plane had to divert to an alternate international airport and the closest airport facility being Kano, the Russian crew decided to fly there, to refuel, and to take off again to reach Njamena Airport.

He denied that the plane was carrying arms and ammunition, stressing that it was conveying two light Gazelle helicopters, spare parts and maintenance items belonging to the French Army.

Labriolle further explained that due to the nationality of the aircraft, and the nature of the cargo, airport authorities in Kano, decided to check the flight plan, the clearance and the cargo manifest before authorizing the plane to leave.

He said that official information has been supplied by the French Embassy in Nigeria, noting that the federal and airport authorities, being satisfied with the documents and the genuine character of the flight, have announced that the plane will be authorized to pursue its flight to Ndjamena.

The envoy stated that the French Armed Forces had on December 6, 2014, chartered the flight on the Russian commercial company “224 Flight Unit,” to ship two light helicopters from Bangui to Ndjamena.

[Source: Sahara Reporter New York]



  1. kelvin

    December 8, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    I don’t believe this story, that is how they import arms to Nigeria to kill innocent Nigeria. Because the airport authorities did their job well for the first time,they will still look for a way to blind fold us with lies God is watching you all

  2. suny

    December 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    kelvin u are on point, the arms are for bokoharam to equip then to continue in causing pandemonium in the northeast. france may support them.

  3. Jilo

    December 8, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Jonathan is the most wicked President Nigeria has ever had. It is easily found that this President has a serious bond with Boko Haram sponsor Ali Modu Sheriff who connived with President Jonathan to cause distress and unnecessary suffering on Nigerians. GEJ, why are you trading the freedom of your people to the terrorist just because you want to belong to the wealthy class? Why must you make a terrorist your best pal? Have you tried to go back to your childhood story when you indicated that youhardly had shoe to cover your foot? now you are in position to make a positive influence, you are doing the opposite. A day before the French Plane was released, Ali Modu Sheriff already contacted GEJ to release the plane, what happened after?”” the plane was release upon the order of President who never conduct a thorough investigation especially at the time when Boko Haram triumph over killing of innocent Nigeria. GEJ if you cannot help Nigerians why do you want to destroy them more? You are a failed leadership that was why you sent your Governors to go and prostrate for Obasanjo on your behalf. Why do you have to beg if you are sure you have done the right thing for your people? It is embarrassing on our democracy to have you on Ballot again.

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