Sunday, 7 December 2014

France admits ownership of seized cargo plane

Apparently, France owns the cargo plane that was impounded by military authorities at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, on Saturday.

It 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.

According to a statement from the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jacques Champagne de Labriolle, on Sunday, the Antonov plane needed to divert to an alternate international airport to refuel before taking off again to reach Njamena Airport, Chad and the  closest airport was Kano.

Jacques said that the flight was covered by a diplomatic clearance given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, and that official information has been supplied by the French Embassy in Nigeria, therefore 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 continue its flight to Ndjamena.

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