Two highly weaponised drones has been intercepted by military intelligence at Lagos Airport as Commander receives order to release suspect.
A man, known simply as Kelechi, has been arrested by the Personnel of the Nigerian Army Department of Military Intelligence at the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, for being in possession of two highly weaponised drones.
The suspect was arrested on January 28, 2020 at about 5:00pm after DMI officers at the cargo section discovered a suspicious package concealed in cartons.
After being interrogated at the National Air Defense Corps (NADC), Ikeja, the suspect claimed to be working for the Kaduna State Government.
Further investigation revealed that, Commander of NADC, Air commodore U.K Abdullah, also received calls from unknown persons, who ordered him to release the man and drones.
According to sources, Abdullah, who only assumed duties in December 2019 at the NADC, later released the suspect and drones on January 30, 2020. He also instructed his officers to drop further investigation on the matter.
According to SaharaReporters, Kelechi, who did not deny his involvement in the incident, refused to comment on the issue. He only said that at the appropriate time, the relevant body was going to shed more light into the matter.
When asked to mention who this relevant body was, Kelechi said :
“It is confidential. At the appropriate time the appropriate body will speak on this. That is all I have to say.”
Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan, has denied the involvement of the state government in the seized items.
Back in 2016, FG placed a ban on launching Remotely Piloted Aircraft or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in its airspace without permit. It said permission should be taken from Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority as well as the Office of the National Security Adviser.
According to the rule, drones weighing more than 250 grams ( about 0.55 pounds) must be registered with the NCAA.