by Stanley Azuakola
If you pay attention to social media in Nigeria, then you know about the public relations storm is raging in the Arik skies – involving blogger and social media activist, Japheth Omojuwa.
Sometime in June, Omojuwa lost/misplaced/forgot his iPad in an Arik flight which took him from Abuja to Lagos. Apparently, his complaints to the airline went untreated and despite his letters to the airline, the iPad is still nowhere to be found.
That’s a big problem for Arik. Omojuwa knows how to raise a perfect storm. On twitter, the hashtag, #ArikWhereIsMyIpad began to trend on Twitter, as friends, fans and sympathisers of Omojuwa began to lend their voice to his cause. The airline responded in kind and tried to explain. But no truce was reached.
Apparently, Arik Air is tired of responding to tweets on the issue. Today, it released a ‘statement’ in three tweets:
Arik Air will like to categorically state that we are not in possession of an iPad or any other devices belonging to @omojuwa.
The case has been taken to the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) which we have been contacted and responded to the body
As a responsible organization, we will not trade word anymore with anyone regarding this matter until CPC delivers their verdict.
In case you are wondering, the CPC there does not stand for Buhari’s party, it’s actually the Consumer Protection Council.
Back to the story: Omojuwa ain’t buying what Arik is selling. He had fresh words for Arik after their tweets:
What can we say? We pledge to keep following this story and keep you posted.