SSS arrests mother of teenage stowaway


The State Security Service, SSS, yesterday arrested the mother of Daniel Ihekina, Mrs. Evelyn Ihekina, after she eventually showed up, first at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ’s secretariat in Benin City and later at the office the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.

At the NUJ secretariat, Mrs. Ihekina was advised to report to FAAN’s office in the city in her own interest. Her arrest yesterday came even as FAAN and Arik Airlines continued the blaming game over the 13-year-old stowaway boy, who was arrested after alighting in Lagos from an Arik flight from Benin City on Saturday. National Mirror reliably gathered that the mother was thereafter handed over to the SSS command by FAAN officials immediately she showed up to state her case. Efforts made to speak with the mother of the boy were unsuccessful as the SSS refused to grant that privilege.

However, the single parent claimed in an interview at the NUJ secretariat that her son had always claimed he wanted to travel abroad until that fateful Saturday, when he stowed into the wheel well of Arik’s flight 544. She further claimed that when she reported the matter to the police at Aideyan Police Station, the police neither took her serious nor asked her any question as expected. 

Mrs. Ohikhena’s interview has been reproduced below.
“My name is Evelyn Ohikhena. I live at No. 6, Ehigiegba Street, Goodwill, Benin City in Edo State. I run a saloon. I have four children. The name of my son is Ricky Daniel. He answers one name in the school and one at home. He is 13 years old, in JSS 3. Before now, he was in private school, Young Scholars. But because I could no longer afford his school fees when my saloon got burnt, I took him to Ogbe Secondary School to continue his third term.
“My sister-in-law in Germany, who was aware that we were looking for him called me to alert me of the development. She got the news via Internet. She was even the one that told me Ricky is in Lagos. “That he broke into the airport security barbwire, entered into the plane wheel, heading to Lagos. Soon after she called, my attention was equally drawn to the national dailies by sympathizers and family friends.
“I quickly rushed to Ring Road where I bought a copy of the papers and thereafter, I went to the police station to report the matter. He was not used to leaving home. “At first the police did not believe me. They said I did not know who I was looking for.
On that fateful day, I left home around 9.00am on Friday night to my elder sister’s place. “When I came back the following morning, my daughter told me that both of them had arguments and that she found him watching film when she woke up to go and ease herself, but that later when she woke up in the morning, she did not find him again.
“I did not maltreat him. The only thing was that I don’t joke with my children’s education. I give them the best. Everybody knows me; go and ask of me in Oba Market. The only thing I bordered myself with now is how my daughter will go to school, a Federal Government College.




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