A Nollywood actor, Kingsley Chris Bassey has been arrested after disrupting an Arik Air flight by a false story that a passenger aboard the flight had Ebola.
Bassey placed a call to an Arik Air flight from Enugu to Lagos claiming that a female passenger who was travelling on the flight was infected with the Ebola. When she was eventually tested for the virus the result came back negative prompting the airline to request for the arrest of the actor.
According to the airline, “about 1.05p.m. on 29 August, a certain man from Enugu, called the airline’s customer call centre to alert the airline that his girlfriend who was under quarantine for the EVD had escaped and was on board flight W3 611 from Enugu to Lagos.”
“Immediately the flight landed at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) in Ikeja, Lagos, Arik Air’s ground staff who had been placed on alert approached the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) medical personnel, but the FAAN officials at GAT said they didn’t have the requisite equipment to screen passengers for the Ebola virus symptoms.”
“The aircraft was therefore taxied to the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport. There, the Port Heath officials supervised the disembarking of the passengers and therefore directed the female passenger to be transferred to the clinic for checks.
“The lady was later discovered to be free of Ebola symptoms after thorough examination. She then told Arik Air personnel that her boyfriend who made the malicious call from Enugu did that to smear her name because they had a misunderstanding.”
Bassey would be charged to court on Monday, 15 September, for raising a false alarm which disrupted the operations of the airline.