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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

STOWAWAY SAGA: Boy Still Under Arrest?

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The boy who became a star 2 weeks back after he flew Arik Air domestic flight on tyre from Benin to Lagos State is still in SSS detention.
Nigeria’s State Security Service officials are still holding Daniel Oikhena in detention following his risky ordeal.
A group who vowed to sponsor Daniel’s education till University level are now calling on SSS to release the boy.
The group under the leadership of Amitolu Shittu said they will meet with SSS officials on Tuesday to try and secure his release
Shittu condemned the continued detention of the boy and appealed to the security agencies to release him without further delay.
He said that the security agencies had enough time to carry out their investigation and urged them not keep the boy longer than necessary.
“They have had enough time to carry out their investigations. We are ready to stand as guarantor to the boy and if the security agencies are not ready to release him, they should charge him to court where we are again ready to defend the innocent boy.
“We believe he is just an innocent child who should not be blamed for the security lapses in the airport.
“The security lapses in Benin Airport have further proved that Nigeria is not secure and so the boy should not be made to suffer unduly.”
UPDATE: Stowaway boy now in Edo state
Daniel Oikhena, the 14 year old stowaway who flew an Arik flight from Benin to Lagos in the plane's Tyre compartment was Today September 3rd handed over to the Edo state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Benin by operatives of Eo state Command of the Department of State Security Services (DSS).
Journalists and family members, including his mother, Mrs Evelyn Oikhena were however denied access to the boy at the DSS office in Benin City. Also, efforts made by Mrs. Oikhena at the Ministry of Women Affairs to see her son were rebuffed by the Ministry officials.
At the premises of the Ministry, Mrs. Oikhena lamented, “I was not allowed to see my son at the SSS office when I was told he was there. I went there but they said they have taken him to the Ministry of Women Affairs. I was given a number to call but I have been calling the number but no response. I asked some body they told me he is not here but they told me he is here. So I am waiting to hear from them. I missed my son and I want to see him,”she said.
At the time of this report the Ministry was making arrangement for the boy to meet with Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Rev.David Ugolor, has commended the DSS for releasing the boy and appealed to good spirited Nigerians to assist him in his education. 
Source: PM News