Friday, 22 June 2012
Femi Falana Demands Identity of ‘VIP’ Who Caused The Closure of Abuja Airspace For 25 Minutes
Following the partial closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airspace, Abuja last Tuesday, renowned lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana has demanded that the Federal Government reveal the identity of the ‘VIP’ whose movement led to the somewhat dangerous act.
Falana, who was aboard an Arik Air Flight W3 271 which took off from Lagos, disclosed that the plane stayed in the air for an additional 25 minutes when it approached Abuja because the airspace was shut.
In a letter sent to the Ministry of Aviation, Falana demanded for the identity of the ‘VIP’ who instigated the closure of the airspace, citing the ill-fated DANA airplane that killed 153 persons.
Continue to read excerts from the letter..
“Having regards to the June 3, 2012 Dana plane crash in Lagos, which killed all the 153 passengers and crew on board, as well as 10 other persons in their homes, I was subjected to unwarranted mental and psychological torture.
Most other passengers on board were equally traumatised as the Arik plane was forced to hover in the air for 25 minutes.
When the plane eventually landed, I was reliably informed that there had been a restriction of movement at the airport for over one hour. In the process, the fundamental right of hundreds of people to freedom of movement was violated by the airport authorities at the instance of the said Very Important Personality.” Falana said in the letter.
The respected lawyer continued: “In the light of the foregoing I am compelled to request you to furnish me with the name of the said Very Important Personality to enable me to sue him for endangering the lives of over 150 passengers”.
He concluded by warning that if the appropriate authorities do not accede to his request within seven days of the receipt of the letter, he will waste no time to “apply for an order of mandamus at the Federal High Court with a view to compelling you to disclose the identity of the said Very Important Personality forthwith”.