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Airline bomb hoaxer not off the hook

Posted by Sunday Times on 2005/01/11 | Views: 241 |

Airline bomb hoaxer not off the hook


Although a Nigerian national is a free man after paying a R500 fine for threatening to blow up Johannesburg International Airport, he is not off the hook yet

Although a Nigerian national is a free man after paying a R500 fine for threatening to blow up Johannesburg International Airport, he is not off the hook yet

Although a Nigerian national is a free man after paying a R500 fine for threatening to blow up Johannesburg International Airport, he is not off the hook yet as Nationwide Airline said it wanted fresh charges against him.

A daily newspaper reported on Tuesday the airline's executive manager, Rodger Whittle, saying he was horrified by the lenient
sentence that Dr Temitope Oni received.

"At a time when airline security is such a priority, one would think that a strong message would be sent out to people making
threats against airlines," he said.

Oni told staff of Nationwide he would blow up the airport with the help of Osama Bin Laden if they insisted on his paying
additional charges for excess baggage.

He was about to board a connecting flight from London to Durban when the incident happened on Sunday morning.

They phoned the police and he was arrested.

When he appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday, he said he had made the threat on the spur of the moment.

A Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) employee, Gilbert Thwala, has also expressed outrage at the sentence in a television broadcast.

However, CAA general manager for safety infrastructure Sibusiso Machomane said on Tuesday said his company did not question the sentence as it respected the rule of law.

"CAA distances itself from the statements made Mr Thwala," he said.

SABC radio news earlier reported that Oni had been banned from travelling on South African airlines, but the CAA could not confirm this.

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Abieyuwa(Edo, Nigeria)says...

Otasowie means evening life is better than morning life. There is an error in your “evening life is better than evening life”?

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Sokari doesn’t mean joy. Joy is Biobela. Go to the village and ask the meaning of the name.

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Fay(Katy, Texas, US)says...

Actually translates to bravehearted.