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.