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France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by okiezman(m): 8:20pm On Dec 07, 2014
France has admitted ownership of the cargo plane that was impounded by military authorities at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, last Saturday.

It said that the flight was covered by a diplomatic clearance given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, noting that the Autonov 124 Russian commercial plane was forced to land at the Kano airport because of dense air traffic at Ndjamena airport,Chad.

A statement from the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jacques Champagne de Labriolle, on Sunday, stated that the Antonov plane had to divert to an alternate international airport and the  closest airport facility being Kano, the Russian crew decided to fly there, to refuel, and to take off again to reach Njamena Airport.

He denied that the plane was carrying arms and ammunition, stressing that it was conveying two light Gazelle helicopters, spare parts and maintenance items belonging to the French Army.

Labriolle further explained that due to the nationality of the aircraft, and the nature of the cargo, airport authorities in Kano, decided to check the flight plan, the clearance and the cargo manifest before authorizing the plane to leave.

He said that official information has been supplied by the French Embassy in Nigeria, noting that the federal and airport authorities, being satisfied with the documents and the genuine character of the flight, have announced that the plane will be authorized to pursue its flight to Ndjamena.

The envoy stated  that the French Armed Forces had on December 6, 2014, chartered the flight on the Russian commercial company “224 Flight Unit,” to ship two light helicopters from Bangui to Ndjamena.

http://www.punchng.com/news/france-admits-ownership-of-seized-plane-in-kano/

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by okiezman(m): 8:21pm On Dec 07, 2014
The minister that accused France of being behind boko Haram today might be right after all

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by emmysoftyou: 8:23pm On Dec 07, 2014
hope they re nt jokin
well,any country of the world is a suspects....
So if it s france,am not surprise....

Op...why updatin and been the first to comment...
Na so dem dey do am for ya vilage undecided

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by Firefire(m): 8:30pm On Dec 07, 2014


NIGERIA is fighting an internationally backed terrorist in the name of Boko Haram.

Now tell me what Chad needs the weapons for French Army in Chad abi

The angels are watching with keen interest.


undecided angry

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by Firefire(m): 8:32pm On Dec 07, 2014
okiezman:
The minister that accused France of being behind boko Haram today might be right after all


Interesting story...

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by Descartes: 8:32pm On Dec 07, 2014
He denied that the plane was carrying arms and ammunition, stressing that it was conveying two light Gazelle helicopters, spare parts and maintenance items belonging to the French Army.

Something is not right here undecided

I smell a diplomatic maneuver here either by the Nigerian Government or the French undecided

François Hollande has some explanations to render before the International Community concerning Paris' involvement on this matter angry

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by Vikkie14: 8:33pm On Dec 07, 2014
France or US, am still wary of them both. They first accused our newly-found "boyfriend"(Russia) simply because we dump them for the former Soviet nation.
I think it's better to dine with a known "bully" than a "pretentious,biased(they would support a country to fight terrorism and still fund that same terrorist--am nt talkin of BH) friend.
I know either an European country or an Western nation has an hand in this. Russian aint stupid to ship such hardwares with their plane and crew on such mission. This is an act to destroy the bi-lateral relationship of both country. Propaganda: weapon of the US. Same tactics used during Israeli-Egyptian war. They fly an Egyptian flag on a US ship and attack Israeli navy. Israel nearly wipe Egypt off the map only for US to tell Egypt to recognised Israel statehood in return for sponsoring their military which now make Egypt the largest military in Africa. Same poo they are feeding the world with that 9/11 is the work of Osama bin Laden when actually it's an INSIDE JOB.
They are trying to paralysed and frustrate us.


They are not convenient with Nigeria waking from being an UNDERDOG. They just realized the "damage" the duo of RusioNigeria "boy/girlfriendship" could caused them.

They are just simply A FRIENDLY FOE.

#TeamRussia

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by dachpee(m): 8:34pm On Dec 07, 2014
Sources at the Aminu Kano International Airport, where the plane is currently detained, said Mr. Sheriff visited the Kano airport at about 10 p.m. on Saturday and held discussions with some officials on the possibility of releasing the aircraft.
Our sources said on arriving the airport, officials allowed the former governor a secret tour of the aircraft, during which he inspected its consignments.
“I was there and I saw him and two airport security officials accompanying him to inspect the plane. I saw the black helicopters and two bullet proof SUVs,” one of our sources said. “I also heard him (Mr. Sheriff) say verbal directive had been given from Abuja for the release of the plane but that authorities of the airport were insisting on written directive.”
Mr. Sheriff could not be reached to comment for this story. His known mobile telephone number was switched off for several hours that PREMIUM TIMES called Saturday. He is also yet to reply a text message sent to him.
The Manager of the Kano Airport, a Mr. Adamu, told PREMIUM TIMES he is in Abuja and was therefore unaware of Mr. Sheriff’s tour of the detained aircraft.
The former Borno governor is a close ally of both the Nigerian president, and the government of Chad – the plane’s final destination.
A 2010 Intelligence report by a Nigerian security agency suggested that Mr. Sheriff was personally involved in the recruitment, training and dispatch of Boko Haram fighters, under the full cover of Idris Deby, the Chadian president.
Chad is Nigeria’s neighbour. Laying on Nigeria’s northeast shoulder, and sharing long distances of unregulated borders, it is considered a window to safety for Boko Haram fighters.
An Australian negotiator engaged by the Nigerian government to bring Boko Haram insurgents to the negotiation table, Stephen Davies, also spoke of how the insurgents named Mr. Sheriff as one of their sponsors during his conversations with the terrorists.
Airport officials told PREMIUM TIMES Mr. Sheriff’s verbal pressures to let the plane go was turned down. He was asked to get written permission from “ogas at the top” – authority high up in Abuja – our sources said.
After inspecting the plane and holding discussions with local officials, Mr. Sheriff reportedly left for Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, in a private jet at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Security operatives at the Kano Airport had seized the plane when it landed at the facility at about 2a.m. Saturday as a result of technical problems. Crew members of the airplane were immediately detained while investigations continued, officials said.
“Security has since been beefed up at the airport in order to ensure proper investigation,” the officials added. The General Manager, Communications, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Yakubu Datti, confirmed the seizure of the plane.
He said the pilot sought permission to land at the airport after the plane developed problems. “The plane had a technical problem and the pilot sought (for) permission to land at the airport’’, he said.
Mr. Datti said security agencies had since commenced investigation into the matter. Security sources told PREMIUM TIMES the plane was travelling to N’djamena, the capital of Chad. PR Nigeria, an agency known for distributing press statements on behalf of the Nigerian military, later circulated a statement saying the aircraft contained “a chopper tucked in it”.
“… Intense investigation is ongoing including using diplomatic means to unravel the mission of the aircraft, its origin and destination,” the statement said. This is the third time since 2009 that planes loaded with arms would be arrested in Kano, our correspondent says. The detained planes were later released after investigations.
The destination of the latest aircraft has however raised concerns amid increasing worries in Nigeria over Chad’s alleged role in the Boko Haram insurgency plaguing Nigeria’s northeast. The plane and its consignment was initially thought to originate from Russia but the Russian Embassy in Abuja issued a statement denying ownership of the AH-124-100 heavy military transport aircraft.
Air cargo experts describe it as one of the biggest serial and strategic heavy lifters in the world. It is intended for the transportation of heavy and oversized cargo and various special-purpose vehicles. Although in commercial use too, the Russian military is beloved to own 14 of the AN-124-100 version of the jumbo cargo jet, manufactured by the Russian Antonov.

Source:

Http://saharareporters.com/2014/12/07/ex-borno-governor-ali-modu-sheriff-secret-visit-arms-laden-chad-bound-plane-detained

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by jcflex(m): 8:35pm On Dec 07, 2014
i smell lies here,

i accept it can land for refueling in kano

but if the plane is truely bond for chad as proclaim, why clearance from ministry of foreign, abj.


okiezman:

It said that the flight was covered by a diplomatic clearance given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja,

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by Descartes: 8:44pm On Dec 07, 2014
He said that official information has been supplied by the French Embassy in Nigeria, noting that the federal and airport authorities, being satisfied with the documents and the genuine character of the flight, have announced that the plane will be authorized to pursue its flight to Ndjamena

Hmmm...diaris... embarassed

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by treasuress: 8:48pm On Dec 07, 2014
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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by JoeArmsD1(m): 8:48pm On Dec 07, 2014
Really?
Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by Nmeri17: 8:49pm On Dec 07, 2014
OMG OP WHAT COUNTRY?? shocked

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by lekjons(m): 8:49pm On Dec 07, 2014
thank God i'll be graduating soon,i'm starting to get scared of schooling in france

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by Haywhymido(m): 8:49pm On Dec 07, 2014
So na una get am, owk o
Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by Nobody: 8:49pm On Dec 07, 2014

He denied that the plane was
carrying arms and
ammunition, stressing that it
was conveying two light
Gazelle helicopters, spare
parts and maintenance items belonging to the French Army. Labriolle further explained
that due to the nationality of
the aircraft, and the nature
of the cargo, airport
authorities in Kano, decided
to check the flight plan, the clearance and the cargo
manifest before authorizing
the plane to leave.
dening after being caught red handed?
we are not fools bro

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by igbsam(m): 8:50pm On Dec 07, 2014
This is not pure. Please Investigate

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by clemz88(m): 8:50pm On Dec 07, 2014
Brb pls am busy. NO ban me oI smell lies here o. How will they allow the plane to leave . I think these guys have played smartness on our officials. They are sure gonna look for another way to fly back the plane to te country

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by eleojo23: 8:50pm On Dec 07, 2014
These kind of scenarios of action and conspiracy theories are best enjoyed as movies but when it becomes real and begins to happen close to home then we may have doomsday on our hands.

The matter should be thoroughly investigated.

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by markize(m): 8:50pm On Dec 07, 2014
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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by Obiwannn: 8:50pm On Dec 07, 2014
what naw happens to those persons schooling in France? ?

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by ammyluv2002(f): 8:50pm On Dec 07, 2014
France ke? How France enter the matter

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by tdayof(m): 8:50pm On Dec 07, 2014
Yheee!nairalanders that school in France can you see angry
Btw
It said that the flight was covered by a diplomatic clearance given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja
1)so the Nigerian government knows about it why behaving like its something strange
2)was forced to land due to dense weather hmmm taught it was because of technical problem?
Hmm so many questions to answer!

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by datguru: 8:50pm On Dec 07, 2014
What a propaganda of the western world ! SMH

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by PrinceMario(m): 8:50pm On Dec 07, 2014
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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by PrinceMario(m): 8:51pm On Dec 07, 2014
My nephew in KG 1 wont even swallow this crap. What is Nigeria turning to? I wish feb 14 can just appear now so as to vote out this clueless man.
Our president is just so docile.
SMH for the future of this country if we the youth don't act asap.

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by dmjinc(m): 8:51pm On Dec 07, 2014
Good news!
Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by jmoore(m): 8:51pm On Dec 07, 2014
Episode what? This movie is hard to predict.

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by BlackTechnology: 8:51pm On Dec 07, 2014
cool
Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by englishmart(m): 8:52pm On Dec 07, 2014
Nonsense!
Tomorrow they will deny ownership and Slovenia will claim ownership!

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Re: France Admits Ownership Of Seized Plane In Kano by KingTom(m): 8:52pm On Dec 07, 2014
To all the students who school in France, how market na? grin grin grin

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