Nigeria Threatens to Withdraw Licence of Airlines if Found Trafficking or Smuggling

Author:, Published on: 27 March 2007

Minister of State for Air Transportation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode warned yesterday that the Federal Government would withdraw the licence of any airline operator, be it domestic of international, which allows its aircraft used for trafficking, smuggling or abduction of human beings...A 13 year-old daughter of Mr. Patrick George, a Nigerian and Managing Director of Advanced Business Technologies Limited was allegedly abducted and smuggled to the United Kingdom from Nigeria on December 13, 2004 on a Virgin Atlantic aircraft...General Manager, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, Mrs. Samantha Olson acknowledged that the incident occurred through the airline and stated that her airline was helping the Police in its investigations to bring the perpetrator(s) to book.

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Related companies: Virgin Atlantic (joint venture Virgin Group & Singapore Airlines)