Embattled mother of the 13-year-old stowaway, Ricky Daniel Ohikhena, who on Friday hid in the tyre compartment of an Arik plane on a flight from Benin to Lagos, was on Monday quizzed for hours by a combined team of security operatives from the Department of State Security Service and aviation security.
She said, “My son answers Daniel in school and Ricky at home. I went to my elder sister’s place who put to bed and when I got home the next morning (Saturday), I couldn’t find him. My daughter told me that they quarrelled in the night because he woke at midnight to watch movies and she told him to stop watching movie in the night and she said he eventually slept in the parlour while she said she went back to sleep in the room.
“One of his younger brothers said he saw him remove all his school books from his bag; so I asked my neighbours whether any of them saw him and they told me that at around 5 to 6 am, they heard sounds that somebody was opening the gate but never thought it was my son. He doesn’t go out. What I know is that he is always watching films in the house but he doesn’t have friends.
“I went to Oba Market police station, they referred me to Evbuotubu police station, when I got there they said they will declare him missing after 24 hours and that I should come back the next day.”
Speaking on the type of person her son is, Evelyn said, “He is always at home, I have never seen anybody come to look for him and he doesn’t have friends. I am begging the government to help me, because I have never been to the airport before, I have been to Lagos before so they should help me. I don’t know how he manage to get there but I just thank God that he is alive.
Boy thought plane was heading to US
The dream of little Daniel Ihekina of flying to America was shattered when the Arik plane he ‘boarded’ on Saturday morning only terminated in Lagos.
The teenage boy thought he was on a US-bound flight but sadly, the aircraft was on its way to the local wings of the Murtala Mohamed Airport, Lagos.
Daniel Ihekina, was arrested at the Lagos Airport after beating the airport security to fly in the tyre hole of an Arik plane from Benin to Lagos.
A reliable source at the Benin Airport disclosed that the boy’s parents had already departed for Lagos in search of the kid.
The airport source who pleaded anonymity 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, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Yakubu Dati, said the aviation security personnel of the agency had handed over the young voyager to the men of the SSS for thorough 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.”