Nigeria impounds Ukrainian plane with arms on board


A Ukrainian cargo plane bound for Equatorial Guinea has been impounded in Nigeria after security officials found weapons and ammunitions on board, a Nigerian official and Ukrainian media said.

The official at northern Nigeria‘s Kano airport, who asked not to be named, said the plane had stopped in Kano to refuel late on Wednesday when security officers discovered the arms during a routine search, Reuters reports.

Nigerian defence spokesman Chris Jemitola said he was not aware of the plane’s detention and said that commercial aircraft “could be impounded for various reasons”.

Ukrainian media did not give any sources for their report. The Ukrainian embassy in Nigeria declined to comment.

Equatorial Guinea has faced coup plots and armed attacks in the past.

Gunmen believed to be from nearby Nigeria‘s Niger Delta were accused of mounting an attack on Equatorial Guinea‘s presidential palace in February.

Gunmen in motor boats on February 17 attacked the island capital Malabo before being repelled by the armed forces. Equatorial Guinea‘s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo fired three senior security and defence officials following the incident.