The Nigerian government confirmed yesterday that no dangerous weapons, specifically arms and ammunition were sighted on the said plane, contrary to media reports; therefore the aircraft has been released.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, who announced the release of the aircraft and its content at a press briefing, noted that the action followed the receipt of correspondence from the French authorities in Paris clearly identifying that the cargo on-board the aircraft duly originated from the French government.
Disclosing that the Nigerian Air Force was justified in the detention of the aircraft, the CAS said: “From our records, we had no record of clearance for an Antonov aircraft to operate into Kano.
What we have is a ‘block clearance’ which is diplomatic permits allowed for French aircraft to land in our airport even at short notice. It is signed by the Foreign Ministry which covers the aircraft.