The true story behind the airplane which ‘landed’ at a filling station along LASU road (PHOTOS, DETAILS)

by Rachel Ogbu

The plane and the onlookers.  | credits: Odutayo Odusanya
The plane and the onlookers.
| credits: Odutayo Odusanya

What would Omosexy say? Her husband’s plane caused panic in Lagos yesterday when it was spotted parked at a petrol station.

Immediately rumours spread that another plane had crash landed while some others thought condition was so bad, the plane was also quing for fuel.

[READ: Photo of the Day: This airplane just ‘landed’ at a filling station along LASU road for refuelling ]

But it has been confirmed that it was just a scrap plane formerly owned by the late Apostle Gabriel Oduyemi of Bethel Ministries, Ajah, Lagos, recently released to Capt Matthew Ekeinde, husband of Nollywood and reality TV star, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, and it was being towed to Badagry area of the state before its tyre burst forcing him to dump the plane in the nearby filling station.

Ekeinde confirmed on the telephone to Punch news that the scrap plane belonged to him.

“The aircraft will be situated in a multipurpose and entertainment centre which will be open very soon. “When opened, the centre will be the first of its kind in West Africa,” he said.

In a statement, Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Nnamdi Udoh, said the aircraft had long been within the agency’s facility till Wednesday night when it was removed.

“The aircraft that was sighted by the residents was actually a junk one belonging to the late Apostle Gabriel Oduyemi of Bethel Ministries,” he said.

“The aircraft was actually released to Capt Ekeinde who will be using it for educational purposes in Badagry, Lagos.”

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The Punch reports:

Hundreds of residents trooped out with their smart phones and camera, and queued behind the gate of Dapsey Oil filling station at Igando where the plane was parked.

A senior employee of the filling station said the plane, with registration number N972TF, was being towed from Muritala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja to Badagry when one of the tyres burst.

He said, “The plane was brought here around 2am after one of its tyres burst. It was being towed by a red vehicle, but after it got to Igando, they discovered it would be difficult to get it to its destination with burst tyre, which was why they brought it here.”

The Lagos State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Damasus Ozoani, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the police provided escort for the plane.

He said, “About 12.45am, the command got a directive to escort the jet from MMIA Ikeja to Badagry by road.

“The operation was led by one Capt. Matthew Ekeinde, but in the process of the journey, one of the jet’s tyres burst at College Bus Stop and the jet could not move.

“It was parked at Dapsey Filling Station along Igando for repairs. We have provided security for the plane until it is moved to Badagry.”

PUNCH Metro observed that men of The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps were on the ground to “ensure the safety of people” living in the area.

The Igando Divisional Police Officer, Adeoye Olugbemiga, came with his team around 12pm to control on-lookers.

In a short time, some of the residents turned the scene into an amusement park and began to pose and take shots near the plane.

One of our correspondents observed that the plane’s two wings had been chopped off and the cockpit was stuffed with nylons.

 

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