'Mentally unstable' man on Nigerian flight

2012-10-24 13:32

Lagos - Panicked passengers aboard a flight in Nigeria swarmed on a man who shouted "Allah Akbar," but he was found to be harmless and authorities called him mentally unstable, officials said on Wednesday.

The incident on Tuesday occurred with Nigerians jittery over waves of bombings and shootings blamed on Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in the country's northern and central regions.

The flight had left from Maiduguri in Nigeria's northeast, which has been Boko Haram's base.

"A passenger on board flight W3 812 from Maiduguri to Abuja caused a scare when he started shouting 'Allah Akbar' shortly before the aircraft landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja," a statement from Nigerian airline Arik Air said.

"The frightened passengers on board the flight became suspicious, thinking the man was about to do something sinister."

Local media reported that passengers rushed the man to restrain him.

Nigeria's secret police, concerned by the spread of rumours over the incident, issued a statement saying the man was "mentally unstable".

Arik Air is Nigeria's largest airline.

  • victor.windsor - 2012-10-24 14:04

    He sounds like a perfect candidate for a job with our government !

  • john.omar.161 - 2012-10-24 14:10

    Over the last few years.....every deemed to be a crazy terrorist.....Just yell "gods name" and you have a bomb!!!!!

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-10-31 09:28

      Muslims tend to get a lot of bad press.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-24 16:55

    What did Julius go on that flight for ?

  • lorain.maseko - 2012-10-25 12:44

    LMAO,maybe he just wanted to get a reaction

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