by Reuben Daba
And you thought the Arik drama was over. Apparently the airline is determined to ensure that they remain a talking point in this week’s news cycle.
On Tuesday, Arik Air publicly released a list of persons banned permanently from taking any of its operated flights to any destination.
The list had an assortment of personalities, including the managing director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, George Uriesi. FAAN has been engaged a running battle with FAAN, apparently over debts being owed by the airline. Everyone thought that with the intervention of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Anyim, the case was now settled, but it happened not to be so.
For the FAAN MD, the airline simply said that his ban was a “management decision”. For others, their ‘offences’ ranged from fighting Arik staff, disrupting Arik flight operations, to being declared wanted by security agencies.
Other people blacklisted include Omojuwa Japheth, Victor Ogbondah, Lawal Lateef, Obayomi Osoba, Obiriki James, Guanah Raymos, a Somalian, Warsame Amed Abdulkair, a Sudanese, Abdel Rahman, Wala Eldin and Orji Daniel Ikechukwu, Grace Nkiruka Guobadia, Adesanya David, Uzoh Hilman, Davis Fasan Adesola, Musa Azeez Arisekola, and others.