Further investigations have revealed that the teenage stowaway who was found in the tyre hold of an Arik aircraft thought the plane was heading to America.
Daniel Ihekhina was apprehended at the Lagos airport after he crawled out of the tyre hold of a Benin to Lagos flight.
The boy’s parents have reportedly departed Benin for Lagos to pick up their son.
An anonymous source is reported to have said:
“From what we heard, the boy said he was being maltreated and tried to escape from his parents. He thought he was on his way to the US.
“The parents have travelled to Lagos by road, to get him back.”
Meanwhile, investigations in Lagos revealed that the boy had been handed over to the operatives of the State Security Services for further investigation.
The General Manager, Corporate Communications, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Yakubu Dati, who also confirmed the development, said the aviation security personnel of the agency had handed over the young voyager to the men of the SSS for extensive investigation.
Dati said, “The residential address the boy gave to us was traced to a church in Benin by our airport manager and his team. So, there is need to hand over the teenager to the SSS who are experts in such investigations. They will carry out further investigation on the matter.”