Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has threatened to sue any
authority who attempts to infringe on his fundamental human rights if
his right to movement from one place to another within the country is
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole
to ThisDay, the governor made this known at the weekend while playing
host to the management of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency
(NAMA), Benin Airport Branch, who came to apologise for the barring of
the governor’s chartered helicopter at the airport.
Oshiomhole disclosed that immediately after the incident, he called
President Goodluck Jonathan to make some enquiries on the development,
but noted that he was convinced the order to stop his helicopter from
taking off from the airport didn’t come from the president.
next time I’m so interrupted, I will not fail to go to court and
challenge the infringement on my fundamental rights to movement. We need
to strengthen our democracy. We need to breathe air into our
multi-party democracy” he said.
The governor, who advised the
agency to abstain from partisan politics and concentrate on
professionalism said: “it will be a sad day if the management of a
sensitive institution that has to do with air safety joins the club of
politicians and political actors. I am saying this from my experience
over the cause of my stewardship here. Twice my chartered chopper has
been stopped by your agents and the airport authority for reasons that
have nothing to do with professional judgment but purely for partisan
Responding, the Airspace Manager, NAMA, Benin
Airport, Ibekwe Ikechi said: “If things have happened before, let it be
in the past, please”.
Ikechi further solicited a cordial working
relationship with the state government, and reiterated the agency’s
readiness to further improve its operations in the Benin Airport.
would be recalled that Governor Adam Oshiomhole’s helicopter was
stopped from taking off from Benin airport by soldiers on the day the
governor was supposed to attend the political rally of Ekiti State
governor, Fayemi Kayode.