Turkish Airline Accused Of Ferrying Arms To Nigeria

Turkish Airlines may have been implicated in illegal arms shipment activity into Nigeria after a Twitter account behind a string of leaks in a Turkish corruption scandal released a voice recording suggesting it had done so.
The airline denied the allegations in a statement issued yesterday though it said that any shipment of arms or military equipment was done in accordance with existing rules.
The allegations stemmed from a leaked tape of a conversation purportedly between an aide of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and a senior Turkish Airlines employee, Reuters has reported.
“Lots of material is on its way to Nigeria right now. Is it going to kill Muslims or Christians? I am sinning right now, you should know,” the voice purportedly of the Turkish Airlines official says.
The voice supposedly of Erdogan’s adviser says he will look into it.
Turkish government officials have described previous recordings leaked on social media as a “montage” calculated to undermine the prime minister
The airline insisted that its carriage of arms and military supplies are being made on cargo in the framework of the relevant international law and in strict conformity with the International Air Transport Association, IATA, transportation rules.
The airline in a statement signed by its media consultant in Nigeria, Mr. Deba Uwadiae, emphasised that it never carried arms and ammunition for any terrorist group in Nigeria, saying that in the case of arms carriage, the forwarders and addressees can send their cargo with the airline’s cargo through the representative they have designated, after accomplishing the necessary official approval procedure from the relevant state authorities.
It added that before carrying arms for any country or organisation, it does so in agreement with the necessary security measures and would not in any way support dastardly act in its operations into the country or anywhere else.
“Turkish Airlines Cargo effectuates such shipment again in strict conformity with the law and rules of the forwarders’ and addressees’ countries and by taking necessary security measures as are doing the other air carriers.
“According to its corporate policy, Turkish Airlines is not effectuating the carriage of arms to/from the countries that United Nations Security Council has imposed an arms ban, lacking authority and/or under conflict.
“This is also the case for the country mentioned on the news, Turkish Airlines has not effectuated any carriage of arms to that country from Turkey nor from any country.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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