The Department of State Security Service has said that the man who caused a bomb panic on an Arik Air flight from Maiduguri, Borno State to Abuja, identified as Aminu S. Galadima, is mentally unstable.
A statement by the spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, said Galadima had exhibited same trait as he did on the flight while in Maiduguri working for the wife of the Secretary to the Borno State Government, Hajia Yachilla Jidda.
Ogar said in the statement: “This is a brief highlight of the incident that occurred on the Arik Air flight from Maiduguri to Abuja.
“On Friday, 19th October, 2012, Wife of the SSG to the Borno State Government, Hajia Yachilla JIDDA, travelled to Maiduguri in company of one Aminu S. GALADIMA, an interior decorator based in Abuja to do some interior decoration work. On arrival in Maiduguri, he was lodged at Greenland Hotel. During the course of his stay, he exhibited unusual behaviour by smashing a window, and ended up with lacerations on his hands.
“The SSG was contacted, and in collaboration with the Hotel management, subject was taken to Atal Hospital, also in Maiduguri, where he received treatment. His family in Abuja was contacted and they gave confirmation that GALADIMA has been mentally unstable. In addition, his elder brother who lives in the UK was contacted and he requested that subject be returned to Abuja for medical attention.
“On Sunday, 21st October, 2012, he was taken to the airport to be returned to Abuja, but missed the flight. However, the Airport management was informed of his state of health, and they advised that whenever his return is scheduled, the management should be notified. Unfortunately, when GALADIMA was taken to the Airport on 23rd October for his return trip, the management of the Airport was not informed, and 10 minutes into the flight, due to slight turbulence, his condition was triggered off. Meanwhile, GALADIMA is in the custody of security forces.
“This clarification has become necessary to dispel the unfounded rumours concerning the flight.”
The Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, had earlier also dispelled the bomb theory.
Oduah said in a short statement on her Twitter page: “The alleged Breaking News about a bomb scare on an Arik flight is absolutely false.
“There is no iota of truth to this rumour whatsoever.
“The flying public should please go about their normal businesses as the airport/airspace is safe.