Nigerian Aviation Authority on Wednesday night turned back a corpse flown into the country from Egypt at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport.
According to a report on Allafrica.com, the corpse was flown in aboard Egypt Air at about 11.30 pm and was not allowed by Airport officials to be released into the hands of the family members of the deceased.
Airport sources confided in Vanguard that the stance by the Nigerian officials was in strict compliance with the Federal Government directives that bars transportation of corpses within and outside the country to check the spread of Ebola.
The source explained that “though Egypt is not one of the Countries with recognized case of Ebola but in this wise the directive has no exception”
The source revealed that the corpse is that of a Nigerian who had gone to Egypt for medical treatment.”
“We plead with the family members who had turned up at the Airport to received his corpse to bear with us in the face of a big national question that requires the understanding of citizens to surmount”, the source explained.
However, Aviation Authority are keeping sealed lips on the incident as attempts to seek their reaction was rebuffed by the Coporate Affairs Manager of the organization, Alhaji Yakubu Datti.
Yakubu Datti in a telephone conversation with Vanguard refused to either confirm or deny the story and instead advised that enquiries should be channelled to the Federal Ministry of Health.
According to Mr. Datti ” the airport is run by a combination of official drawn from strategic ministries and since your enquiry bothers on health, I would advise you cross check your facts from Federal Ministry of Health”, the Aviation spokesperson said.