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Arik Air Bars 27 People including Japheth Omojuwa & FAAN MD from Flying on its Aircrafts



Japheth Omojuwa, a social media activist with a huge online following brewed up quite a storm when he took to Twitter and his website, some weeks ago to publicize how his iPad got missing on an Arik Air flight.

With hash tags like #Arikaircriminals and #ArikWhereIsMyiPad, he made his grievance with the airline public.

Little wonder he was one of the people barred from flying on the airline.

Arik Air recently released a list of people barred from flying on any of its aircrafts for both domestic and international flights.

According to the airline, Japheth was barred “for giving Arik negative publicity on social media after losing his iPad on the airlines flight in June this year”.

Another prominent name on the list was the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) George Uriesi. The reason given for Mr. Uriesi’s blacklisting was simply explained as “management decision.”

There are speculations that the decision might not be unconnected with the ongoing battle between the airline and FAAN. FAAN had earlier accused the airline of owing it over N7 billion, an amount which was defiantly denied. Arik Air insisted that it had been paying the Authority and only owed it over N1 billion.

According to Vanguard, the reasons given for the ban range from fighting Arik staff, disrupting Arik flight operations, to being declared wanted by security agencies.

The list which was last updated on September 24, 2012 said all those listed are banned ‘permanently’ from flying on Arik Air.

iREPORTS-NG lists the names of some of those barred from the airline and the reasons for the decision:

Omojuwa Japheth (for giving Arik negative publicity on social media after losing his iPad on the airlines flight in June this year) ; Messrs Victor-Ogbondah Elo,Lawal Lateef and Obayomi Osoba ( for insulting Arik staff); Obiriki James; Guanah Raymos; Messrs Moulim Buobacal, Muossa Baba and Al- Laranma Ibrahim( Somalians for terrorism); Warsame Ahmed Adbukadir, a Somalian for terrorism; Abdel Rahman Wala Eldin, a Sudanese for terrorism; Mohammed Murtada Awad Allad Ahmad, a Sudanese for terrorism; Bakare Lanre (former Arik employee over alleged bank fraud); Miss Davies- Fasan Adesola (for fighting with an Arik staff); Mrs Ejilasisi Kudirat Abike; Mr Musa Azeez Arisekola; Mr Adesugba Sijuade Adekoya; Oluseye Yakubu Idowu; Olomiwe Peter Chukwu; Nwachukwu Austin; Messrs Orji Daniel Ikechukwu and Uzoh Himan (over fraud in SA); Adesanya David; Ikukoyi Olufemi Olukay; and Grace Ikiruka Guobadia.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Yellow sissy

    September 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Na wireee

  2. Daisy

    September 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Isn’t only Arik and Aero left in the country? Which one will they use? Funny stuff though.

  3. eni ogan

    September 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I think arik air management are made up of people, 6-15 yrs of age

    • Radiant

      September 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm


    • laide

      September 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      actually dats an over approximation 2-10 is more like it

      p.s…you shouldnt have used ur real nmes , Arik could ban u ,..u knw!

    • OmogeNaija

      September 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      lol @ Eni, they are really childish, so they will bar anyone who offends them abi? Faan has offended Arik for asking for whatever charges it is they collect on every passenger that flies abi? Why are they refusing to take responsibility for Omojuwa’s stolen ipad? Until we begin to make demands on what is our right, we would continue to be cheated.

    • Remi

      September 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Not far from the truth

    • Ady!!!!

      September 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      good thinking!!

  4. Daniel

    September 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Who do we believe? The official spokesman of Arik was quoted as saying the FAAN MD was not banned by the airline.

  5. lmaosha!

    September 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    This is serious oh……..but my ipad was also stolen when flew Arik as well….and nothing was done about it…but to go as far as listing out names i dont know what to make of this…God help us!

  6. tinyan

    September 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    OMW! The management must be very childish. Apart from those banned for terrorism related reasons, the other reasons are ridiculous. Arik Air, clean up your act and stop sulking. Learn to take constructive criticism. That is the only way you will improve your service.

  7. Jess

    September 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I just wish they hadn’t given Omojuwa so much attention. He’s not an activist as far as I’m concerned, just some guy who has declared himself God on twitter. Asides that this is a really silly list, should only be put out for reasons of security not because people gave them bad publicity. Smh.

    • Toyin

      September 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      You really said it all…I agree Omojuwa is not an activist, i wonder why they keep calling him that. Asides that i believe this is a fight he and all of us should see to a logical conclusion. Arik is obviously not a customer friendly or focused organization. They are a bunch of vindictive human beings who need to be dealt with.

  8. Mhydhe

    September 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Then fly IRS Airline.

  9. brittany

    September 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    instead of Arik to take measure to improve its security and look into these issues, they are banning people..KMT.

  10. brittany

    September 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    banning Omojuwa Japheth is absolutely useless and uncalled for…the rest can and should just stay in their house

  11. femi

    September 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    The reality is this. Government or should we say FAAN, wants to collect extra tax money from Arik Airlines besides what tax Arik was already paying them. That happened after the deal Arik Air had with the German company Lufthansa for all Arik flight maintenance. The irritating thing here is that FAAN or undercover government has no reason or right to collect more just because they want money in their pockets, from the only Airline in Nigeria that safely covers many states, and wants to better their safety for people, using international maintenance from one of the worlds finest plane engineers, smh…naija smh…

  12. kendra zuhair

    September 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    @Jess… My thoughts exactly. They r giving a known rabble rouser unnecessary attention. Omojuwa is one annoying fella and his “hungry” activist act irks me!

  13. miss mimi

    September 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you ban someone form using your airline because you lost his ipad, and he complained about it? #onlyinnigeria. whatever happened to buying a new ipad for him and issuing a public apology to shut him up.

  14. lollipop

    September 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    @jess and @kendra, it has nothing to do with omojuwa. it is about arik getting away with it, i heard about a chinese woman whose trinklets were stolen in Arik. my luggage was torn in Aero June this year and items were stolen, when i went to their counter to report, they told me “sorry” as if it is a normal thing. Someone needs to stand up to these people, they can’t keep getting away with these crimes. A lot of airlines (transporters inclusive) don’t have honest staff, it is time people start speaking out. if Arik can do it and get away with it, they will do it someone else.

  15. adesoye

    September 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    The thing is we are used to injustice that we find someone calling for justice as much as I don’t really like the way omojuwa rants on twitter I believe he bought the ipad with his money and can complain about it with watever medium he wants.if you have personal differences with him state it and mowe forward cos every body on that twitter is seeking one validation or the other and starts behaving important wen dey have gotten the attention.arik air flew him the day he misplaced the ipad in their plane so they sud both agree to something instead of black-listing him.
    But again,wat do I know before bloglords and twitter generals come and make decisions on my behalf ere.

  16. chike

    September 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    only in naija, I have laughed here my belle dey hurt

  17. Lessonlearnt

    September 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    and i just booked an Arik air flight….airlines can be so negligent. $2400 dollars was stolen from my suitcase on a KLM flight to europe in june. upon going to the desk to report the theft, my mother was told i was careless….how is that careless, a suitcase that was locked??? some of the staff are just criminals. so i’ve learnt to either to never fly with cash (but wat happens in a country like liberia where only Visa cards work and i have mastercard??) or if i travle with cash, i make sure i have it in my wallet which never leaves my sight….and except u dont want to sleep on the flight, there are many thiefs o. i flew arik air to monrovia on monday, and when disembarking, someone had moved my bag…i was just laffing…

    • bibi

      September 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm


    • nomad

      September 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      serious lesson KEEP YOUR VALUABLES WHERE YOU CAN SEE IT! in the seat in front of you. And carry it to the toilet when you go to wee. Money, electronics, any other valuables should not be hanging out in the overhead bin or in the hold. I learnt that lesson at 15.

  18. MsSexy

    September 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Why wld they be banned? This is so childish considering d fact that this same airline was reported a while ago that his N200,000 got stolen enroute PH-Lagos
    They shd v just replaced d man’s iPad jeje and kill d story, now we know they r part of d cabal stealing people’s stuffs n their aircrafts
    As for George, he’s a gentleman, whatever they have against him, they sure have bigger problems on their hands

  19. Partyrider

    September 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Are these guys for real? LOL

  20. Toyin

    September 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    @Jess and Kendra i totally agree with you. I’m sure Japheth is happy because he got what he always wanted..attention. They have only suceeded in makin a bad situation worse by blacklisting him. Aside that it is extremely annoying and unsettling that any organisation will resort to threats and victimisation over a customer’s complaint. Whatever happened to the concept of a customer being king. We all need to see this to a logical conclusion, we cannot keep allowing these people to step all over us.

  21. Nene

    September 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Ridiculous….Nigeria is full of clowns!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. marvel

    September 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I am surprised to read about the thefts. Perhaps majority of these thefts take place on the local flights. I have flown Arik a few times and one occassion, I had about 7 pieces of suitcases without any padlocks. Nothing, I repeat, nothing was taken. This might be down to the amount of security on the international journey.
    Now, if that was Nigerian Ports Authority and in particular Nigerian Grimaldi staff, I would say the lot of them are thieves. They even stooped so low to steal skipping ropes, cornflakes etc

  23. Bolake

    September 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Na today, crappy airline sef. Imagine flying all the way from Lagos to Kaduna just to discover they purposely left my luggage in Lagos, and they threatened to ban me, for getting angry at their staff. Got my luggage 2 days after and everything was destroyed even with the big fragile sticker on it.
    Who wants to fly with an airline that has a law that says their staff come before the customer, if you are rude to their staff even if the person deserved it, you could be thrown out of the flight. Mscheww!!!

  24. CEO

    September 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Is this even legal? they shouldn’t be surprised when people boycott them entirely. then they can like to fly themselves and their staff all over Nigeria

  25. Chikita

    September 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Aril has always been a funny airline. Last year, they actually flew us to London with a domestic aircraft which could only take few people, without giving any notice, prompting fight at the airport, as they decided to act on the first come first served premise. Even business class passengers couldn’t fly. They even had an already existing and overwhelming backlog. The aircraft could not carry any suitcase, so we received our mangled suitcases days later. Passengers fought all the way to London,as the staff had declared free sitting,and you can trust,that didn’t go down well with Nigerians. The staff were not capable of placating the passengers,moreover we heard the staff were being owed salaries at the time. To make matters more laughable,as free sitting had been declared, some men went and occupied seats in upper class! Lmao! Childish Arik staff kept disturbing our peace, insisting that the men return to their seats. They refused. On getting to heathrow, after such a flight, we were not allowed to disembark, until airport police were called in to arrest and take the men away, for disturbing an international flight and disobeying staff, IMAGINE! Royal mess only obtainable in Naija,and we never even got a word of apology. Now they have the temerity to ban people!

  26. kelly

    September 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    pettiness in the highest order, they need total customer service overhaul and re branding

  27. kem

    September 27, 2012 at 8:56 am

    all the toyin’s will be banned ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  28. MEE

    September 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Dos of u running ur mouths about Omojuwa seeking attention are jst as childish as d arik management too! If d guy rants too much on twitter, who send u go twitter? Its only in Nigeria dat people tramle on people at will,see d nonsense d Arabians did to d women who went for hajj,Banning people u hav issues witth is jst d height of madness. Am nt a twitter fan though,but I see friends copying n pasting Omojuwa’s tweets.let’s leave him or wateva his ambition is n face dis fools,see me see local trouble fa!

  29. o

    October 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    FLIGHT 706.

    On the 1st of April, 2012 at about 3 o clock in the afternoon, passengers
    got to the Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos to board Arik Air Flight 706.

    The flight was supposed to take off at 5:00pm but sadly enough and as is
    the norm with Arik we were delayed till about 10:00pm before eventually
    leaving Lagos for Port Harcourt.
    The journey was a very terrible one as there was serious turbulence and the pilot’s carelessness was glaring, it was screaming and prayer all the way as passengers thought the plane would crash.

    We got to Port Harcourt where the plane bounced around in turbulence
    (hovering over PH) for upwards of 30 minutes!
    The Pilot suddenly announced -“Ladies and gentlemen, we are sorry; we will not be able to land here in Port Harcourt, because there are no Arik Staff on ground to refuel the
    plane for takeoff back to Lagos and the lights on the runway have been switched off, we then turned round in the air to Lagos amidst so much protestation and got there around midnight.

    Everyone remained in the plane for about another hour then some Arik Air
    staff came and retrieved all expatriates as well as a very sick Nigerian man accompanied by a teenager (who was uncontrollably violent from the beginning of the flight and got worse during the turbulence, hitting everywhere looking for an escape route while claiming to want to jump out and die but for the help of a lady Mrs. Victor-Ogbondah also in business class and who managed to keep him under control but not without minor injuries, much later they came back for some more people, most who were known to their staff , for a while we were left on the plane
    We wondered what was going on as we were left there for some more minutes.
    At this time everyone was highly tense.

    Every one of us remaining in the plane (Nigerians) became really disturbed
    asking why Blacks were left alone in the plane for so long whereas all expatriates were
    taken away but we still kept calm until eventually they came and herded us
    into a bus, before long a lady Arik staff became extremely rude the same woman (who was also one of those banned from this flight- Ogbondah Elo) claiming at the same time that her name was not on the manifest, she went on to call her expatriate boss who wanted to physically get her off the bus but we all added our voice in her support.
    We felt that it was very unfair as she was not originally meant to be on that flight as she came in from Dubai and was meant to have connected earlier but her luggage was erroneously was sent to Benin instead of Port Harcourt, this made the Arik manager on duty issue her the business class ticket for that earlier discomfort.
    The female staff’s spite and rude behavior coupled with some veiled racist comments that the grey-haired expatriate staff of Arik made did not go down well with the passengers at all and there was a hot exchange of words between the more assertive of the passengers and Arik staff.
    Eventually nerves were calm and the expatriate told us he had arranged for a bus to take us to a comfortable hotel till morning.

    The bus (without security of any sort) took us together with our luggage and valuables around 1:30 -2:00 am towards Oshodi ,one of the most notorious and unsafe areas of Lagos,
    so many questions started running through our minds: where were these people
    taking us to? What if armed robbers attacked us? etc.

    We were eventually taken to a Hotel in Oshodi where we were told that
    they informed the expat they had only 4 rooms available and which the hotel does not use for accomodation anymore but he claimed that we were Nigerians and should manage, 4 rooms for all of 15 passengers !!!!!! The rooms were dingy and the only ventilation was from standing fans, we all decided that we were not going to be lodged in such a hotel and decided to
    return to the airport to express our displeasure and demand our rights, we
    got to the airport to find out that all Arik staff had absconded and the
    only option we had was sleeping in the bus at the Airport which is what we
    did hoping that Arik would keep their promise of flying out of Lagos before
    7am that morning.
    We were definitely angry yet we kept quiet and slept even in the bus.

    The day broke and we were offered sachet water by the Mobile Police around
    us so as to clean our faces.
    Natural Conventions state directly that we should have been boarded on the first flight the following morning, but the station Manager rudely asked us to leave the line and wait until we were called as “he wanted to attend to VIPs”, one of the passengers said Arik was
    a stupid airline and the manager promptly called him a fool, the verbal
    altercation which ensued was not more/less than has been seen in the
    service industry in much lesser situations.

    Arik caused us great humiliation in addition to endangering our lives (with
    that flight that could have turned out to be such a great disaster flying
    us back and forth in such horrible weather manned by a daredevil pilot and
    sending us to Oshodi in the dead of the night with no security , to add
    insult to injury also violating our basic human rights by not only refusing to
    give us adequate shelter but also throwing insults and racist comments at
    us all the while delaying us at the airport for approximately 16 hours and
    even more for some passengers.

    While still in the scene of these mal-expressions, there came a “calmer”
    manager who gave his email address as
    [email protected] , he addressed us and negotiation resumed they
    promised us each free tickets to any destination of our choice in Nigeria as compensation.

    Arik did not make good on this promise and instead the compensation we
    received was further humiliation by publicly listing the names of the three
    passengers who negotiated the free ticket with Arik amongst terrorists and
    fraudsters as permanently blacklisted from flying Arik air.

    The matter at this point is simple the passengers had told Arik of their
    intent to sue the airline and were falsely placated so as to prevent legal
    action , we the passengers on flight 706 are unhappy that we did not seek
    recourse in the law and in the regulatory bodies such as the SON and the
    Consumer protection commission.

    We had to go back to our daily lives and numerous responsibilities, however
    with the addition of salt to injury; we are of the resolution that justice
    delayed is not justice denied and we will file reports with all the
    appropriate agencies and seek redress for all this injustice in the courts
    of law.
    Will Arik Air also blacklist the lawyers, judges and investigatory bodies
    who will prosecute, investigate and possibly sanction them, as they have
    climbed the dizzying pinnacles of corporate bullying?
    This we are patiently waiting to see.

    Signed passengers on flight 706

  30. snowpal

    October 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Na wa oooo!!! this sounds like one of this movies you watch where people get trapped enroute their destinations.AFRICAN MAGIC. PASSENGERS ON FLIGHT 706 need to be heard.

  31. Amaka

    July 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Obviously nothing has been done yet!

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