Obidient Passenger Arrested The lawyer of the ‘Obidient’ passenger arrested on Friday at the Abuja Airport has sought his treatment, saying he is mentally challenged.
The suspect, Mr. Obiajulu Uja was arrested while voicing out that President-elect, Bola Tinubu must never be sworn-in. He is from Oji-River Local Government Area of Enugu State.
His lawyer, Barr. Ejike Ugwu told Headlinenews.news Correspondent in an exclusive interview on Saturday, April 1, 2023, that Obiajulu is mentally challenged.
Ugwu, who said he was at the Airport Police Division to see the suspect, said the police were yet to provide him (suspect with medical care) despite his bad situation.
“Obiajulu is not in the right state of mind; before he boarded the flight, he was chased away from a hotel in Abuja because of his mental state.
“He even booked three different flights for the Lagos trip. He booked Aero, Dana and Ibom Air. He had the three tickets for the same trip. So, there is no doubt that he is mentally challenged,” Ugwu said.
The lawyer said every effort he made to make the police see reason on why the suspect should be allowed access to medical care had not received attention.
“As I speak to you, both the IPO handling the case and the DPO of the Police Division are nowhere to be found. And the suspect’s legs are all swollen now because of the several beatings he received at the Airport. He is critically sick right now.
“All I am asking for is that he should at least be taken to the police clinic.
“I have also made efforts to reach the Force PRO but he did not take my calls,” he added.
Headlinenews.news also put calls across to the Force PRO, Olumuyiwa Adejobi but he was yet to respond as of the time of filing this report.
Obiajulu was arrested on board a Lagos-bound flight after he had delayed take-off for nearly one hour.
In a trending video, he could be heard shouting, “Obidients you’re here. They are doing this to me. Obidients you’re here, I am naked. Obidients you’re here, I am going naked.”
Meanwhile, the Management of Ibom Air has apologised to the Airline’s passengers on a Abuja-Lagos flight on Friday, March 31, 2023, over the disruptive and unruly attitude of a passenger onboard, which caused a one-hour delay of the flight.
In the statement signed by Aniekan Essienette, Group Manager, Marketing and Communication, Ibom Air, on Saturday, said the Airline quickly waded into the situation and caused the passenger to be forcefully disembarked as a last resort.
“We wish to inform the public about an incident on our 6 pm flight from Abuja to Lagos on Friday, 31 March 2023.
“A passenger stood up and began addressing other passengers in a manner considered inappropriate and unruly, as he was making other passengers nervous.
“Our crew deemed his continuous unruly behavior unsafe and called on airport security to help with the situation. Upon his refusal to stop or disembark peacefully, the security operatives were left with no choice but to forcefully disembark the passenger as a last option.
“We are aware that several videos and reports of this incident are circulating on social media and wish to provide the right perspective.
“Ibom Air wishes to assure our passengers that we maintain very high safety and service standards and will never compromise the safety and security of our passengers.
“We apologize to the affected passengers for the time it took to disembark this passenger, which caused an otherwise on-time departure to be delayed by an hour,” Essienette stated.