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Impounded plane: DMI, 2 Ukrainian officials in secret talks

The secret meeting held at Kano Air Force Base lasted an hour. The Ukrainian officials were said to have also seen the detained seven crew…

The secret meeting held at Kano Air Force Base lasted an hour. The Ukrainian officials were said to have also seen the detained seven crew members, six of whom are Ukrainians, and the other one, a Nigerian. However, there was an unconfirmed report that the crew were on Thursday morning moved to Abuja aboard a commercial aircraft for further interrogation.   

The outcome of the meeting was not made known as no official, either from Ukraine’s Embassy or the DMI was ready to open up. But it was gathered that the crew insisted that the huge consignment of the arms belonged to the Ministry of Defence of Equatorial Guinea.   

Reports by UNIAN, a news agency of Ukraine, quoted UKSPETS-EXPORT, a Ukraine-based arms company, specialising in arms sale and exportation as saying that the cargo plane belonged to Croatia. The arms company, according to UNIAN, however admitted that the crew members are Ukrainian nationals.   

Meanwhile, Weekly Trust gathered that a team of military specialists from the DMI were said to have ransacked the cargo plane last Thursday and found 18 crates of mines and ammunition.