Air passenger arrested for stealing N1m onboard Air Peace aircraft

Air Peace airline on Wednesday said a passenger on one of its flights allegedly stole the sum of N1 million from another passenger’s suitcase before been arrested.


The incident occurred on July 27 on board Abuja-PHC aircraft P47192, according to a statement from the airline’s spokesperson, Mr. Stanley Olisa, issued in Lagos, reports National Accord.


According to Olisa, the suspect stole the money from a brown envelope but was apprehended by the owner of the money with the help of airline workers.


He explained that during the flight, the suspect took another passenger’s computer bag from the overhead cabin.

“He, thereafter, took the brown envelope containing the money, put the computer bag in another luggage compartment and moved to an empty seat at the back of the aircraft.”


Olisa said that the suspect was one of the first few to disembark despite the announcement of proper disembarkation sequence by the crew.

He said that the suspect was eventually caught and the money retrieved from him, with different currencies in different denominations found on him.


Olisa said the suspect was handed over to the security operatives of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), for onward transfer to the Police, for further investigations.


He said that the police later confirmed to have released him on bail, but said that the chance of prosecution was slim as the owner of the money was unwilling to follow up.


Olisa said that Air Peace staff would continue to be security conscious and urged passengers to be more careful with their personal items on board.



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