Nigeria Confirms No Security Threat to Aso Rock from Overflying Aircraft


The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has confirmed there was no security threat to Aso Rock, Nigeria’s seat of power, following an incident involving an “unknown aircraft” that flew over the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The aircraft in question was identified as a Max Air flight from Kano to Abuja.

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Earlier reports from SaharaReporters indicated that the NCAA had issued a stringent warning to all aircraft operators after receiving a report from the office of the National Security Adviser about the overflight of the Presidential Villa by an unidentified aircraft (DNP4).

Captain Chris Najomo, Acting Director General of Civil Aviation, stated that the incident prompted the NCAA to reiterate the critical regulations governing Nigerian airspace, specifically Part of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARS) 2023. This regulation prohibits operating an aircraft in a restricted or prohibited area without proper authorization.

The NCAA’s statement, addressed to all aircraft operators and dated April 16, 2024, emphasized the importance of adhering to airspace restrictions. The letter highlighted that any violations would be subject to sanctions, prosecution, or both, and that intruding aircraft might face severe consequences.

Captain Najomo clarified that the directive was a routine reminder for airlines to exercise caution around restricted areas. He assured that there was no actual security threat to Aso Rock and that the letter was a standard advisory.

“The reason the authority wrote to those airlines is because the plane was identified as being from an airline, so it was a routine reminder or advisory to be careful around restricted areas,” Najomo explained. He emphasized that the advisory was a public document available on the NCAA’s website and that such reminders are common practice in aviation.

Najomo further explained that similar incidents have occurred in other countries, such as the United States around the White House, due to factors like weather and aircraft weight affecting flight paths. He assured that this did not suggest any breach of security at Aso Rock by the airline.

By Naija247news
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