Tragedy was averted in the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Monday. A young man in his thirties, identified only as a Malaysian deportee, rushed into the toilet of an Ethiopian airline plane conveying over 200 persons with a lighter and lit a cigarette.
With the emerging smoke from the toilet, the emergency alarm of the plane came on, sending the entire passengers into panic. The man, whose body language indicated that all was not well him, rushed to the toilet after a brief conversation with one of the air hostesses.
According to the air hostess, the suspect requested for a cup of coffee but could not wait to be served before rushing to the toilet.
The incident which many of the passengers termed another form of terrorist attack, caused serious panic in the air as the crew members rushed to the toilet with a fire extinguisher and other gadgets to avert what would have resulted in a plane crash.
When the plane successfully landed at the Abuja international airport, angry passengers invaded the arrival lounge, charging security operatives to ensure the suspect was apprehended and interrogated as his mission was to kill everyone onboard the plane.
Security operatives eventually led the suspect away as passengers monitored keenly.
An aviation officer who pleaded anonymity said it was a stupid act to smoke in a plane even when it is written boldly that smoking is highly prohibited.
A passenger who was in the same plane told DAILY POST that the suspect was on a mission to kill everyone.
Efforts to further confirm the status of the case proved abortive as security operatives were cooperative in divulging further information on the matter.