|An Arik Air aircraft on the tarmac|
Arik Air has said that no one has been caught stealing fuel from its aircraft and that the airline is in no way complicit in any theft whatsoever.
Three suspects were caught at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos in the early hours of Sunday siphoning Jet A1 (aviation fuel) but it was purported to be from an Arik Aircraft with registration 5N-MID.
The airline however came out today to state that there was a theft but from a fuel truck and not from an Arik Air aircraft as previously reported.
The airline also said it does not have an aircraft with registration number 5N MID in its fleet.
The suspects were arrested by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Aviation Security (AVSEC) personnel after illegally draining fuel from the truck belonging to one of the major oil marketers at the ramp.
It was discovered that the deal was done in connivance with the truck driver.
Arik Air management hereby absolved the airline of any complicity in the theft.
The airline has an excellent safety record and will continue to operate with the highest safety standards it is known for.