Peter Obi, the plane’s pilot, violated ATC instructions as the NCAA began an investigation

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There are strong indications that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) may sanction the private jet that conveyed the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi from Benin Airport to Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital for violation of safety procedures. A source close to the regulatory agency on Thursday confided in our correspondent that the aircraft with the registration number: 5N-HPY ignored the warning of the Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) not to take off due to the closure of the airport at that particular time due to its closure. Despite the warning, it was learnt that the pilot (names withheld), took off from the airport, thereby contravening safety rules. The source told our correspondent that the NCAA has commenced investigation into the violation of safety rules by the pilot and may sanction him if found wanting. The source insisted that the regulatory agency was apolitical and would not be dragged into political matters by politicians, saying that it adheres strongly to best industry standards as recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The source said: “The aircraft in question departed Benin airport after it was closed. The pilot specifically ignored the instructions of the Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) for the aircraft not to depart at that particular point in time because the airport was closed. “As a regulatory agency, the NCAA cannot condone this kind of behaviour. We are going to investigate the matter. Everyone must obey instructions. This is a very sensitive sector that deals with human lives. Even Mr. President’s pilots obey instructions. Why should anyone act above the law? The aircraft remains grounded. We are investigating the violation.” Recall that the Labour Party media arm, Obi-Datti Media Office, on Wednesday condemned the alleged grounding of its campaign aircraft by the NCAA, a situation it said almost disrupted its scheduled campaign rally in Ibadan. Head of Media Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation, the party expressed surprise at the yet to be explained grounding of its campaign aircraft, saying the action led to the inability of Labour Party and campaign officials, who had already gathered at Lagos and Abuja Airports, to attend the Ibadan rally. Diran said the development took the party by surprise, but that couldn’t stop them from holding the rally as planned. The statement reads: “The Obidient plane was grounded today by the powers that be “for regulatory reasons” only. Please ignore any mischievous rumour. Our massive rally in Ibadan is going on as planned. “All we know is what the leasing vendor told us to the effect that “Federal authorities won’t allow the Obidient Aircraft to file a flight plan, because of ongoing regulatory investigations.” “We are not privy to the specific details or nature of the investigations. “Mischievous political operatives had cheaply seized the opportunity to spread the unfounded rumours of an air crash which was promptly dispelled. The Ibadan rally was however a huge success with the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, making a stop at Iseyin Town before joining a multitude of organic supporters at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.”


There are strong indications that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) may sanction the private jet that delivered the Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, from Benin Airport to Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State for violating safety procedures.

A source close to the regulatory agency on Thursday confided to our reporter that the plane with registration number: 5N-HPY ignored the warning of the Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) not to fly due to the closure of the airport at that particular time. due to its closure.

The issue: Despite the warning, it was learned that the pilot (names withheld), took off from the airport, thus violating safety rules.

The source told our reporter that the NCAA has started an investigation into the pilot’s violation of safety rules and may punish him if found wanting.

The source insisted that the regulatory agency is apolitical and will not be drawn into the political affairs of politicians, saying that it strictly follows the best industry standards recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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  • The source said: “The plane in question left the Benin Airport after it was closed. The pilot specifically ignored Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) instructions for the aircraft not to depart at that particular point in time because the airport was closed.
  • “As a regulatory agency, the NCAA cannot tolerate this type of behavior. We will investigate the matter. Everyone must follow the instructions. This is a very sensitive industry that deals with human life. Even the pilots Mr. President obeyed the instructions. Why would anyone act above the law? The plane remained grounded. We are investigating the offense.”

Recall that the media arm of the Labor Party, Obi-Datti Media Office, on Wednesday condemned the alleged grounding of its campaign aircraft by the NCAA, a situation it said almost disrupted its scheduled campaign rally in Ibadan.

Grounding is also defined as: Head of media, Obi-Datti Campaign Organization, Diran Onifade said the party expressed surprise at the unexplained grounding of the campaign by this plane, saying the action led to the incompetence of the Labor Party and officials in the campaign, which is gathering. in Lagos and Abuja Airports, to attend the rally in Ibadan.

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Onifade said the development shocked the party, but it would not stop them from holding the rally as planned.

  • The statement read: “Obidient plane is currently being trusted by the powers that be “for regulatory reasons” only. Please ignore any malicious rumours. Our big rally in Ibadan is going ahead as planned.
  • “All we know is what the lease seller has said to the effect that federal authorities will not allow Obident Aircraft to file a flight plan due to ongoing regulatory investigations.
  • “We are not aware of the specific details or nature of the investigations.
  • “Sly political operatives cheaply seized the opportunity to spread baseless rumors of an air crash that quickly disappeared. The Ibadan rally was nevertheless a huge success for the presidential candidate of the Labor Party, Mr. Peter Obi, who stopped at Iseyin Town before joining many organic supporters at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.

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