An intending passenger collapsed and died Monday while waiting
to collect the Yellow Card from Port Health Officials at the Murtala
Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. This happened during the first official tour of the airport facility by the new Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka.
The dead man, identified as Mr Akunne Osei, was a
Nigerian residing in Accra who arrived Lagos for business
transactions aboard an Arik Air flight on Friday August 8, 2014
and was on his way back to Accra for medical treatment.
Speaking on the death of the passenger, the General Manager,
Corporate Communication, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria,
FAAN, Mr Yakubu Dati, said “ The passenger, Mr. Akunne Osei took
ill on Saturday August 9 and started stooling. When the situation
got worse, he called his doctor in Accra who instructed him to
return to Ghana immediately for further treatment.”
Further said “ During boarding formalities for his return trip to
Accra, at the international terminal of MMA, Mr. Osei, who had
obviously become weak at this time, was subjected to Ebola Virus
test by port health officials, the result of which was negative. No
further attention was paid to him after his Ebola Virus result read
negative but the passenger later slumped and died around the port
The sister of the dead man was seen crying, calling “Chike please
get up, Chike please get up”. The body of Osei was kept at zero car
park of the airport terminal when the minister of Aviation, Mr Osita
Chidoka paid a visit to the facility and as at the time of this report,
the body was yet to be removed .
However, outside the airport, an ambulance was waiting may be to
convey the corpse to the mortuary or inward movement to his
place of origin. The minister who has not made any official
comment, will continue his tour of airport facilities at the Murtala
Muhammed International Airport and the General Aviation terminal
in Lagos, tomorrow.