2 July 2011

Nigeria: FBI Nabs Citizen for Transportation Fraud

A Nigerian national, Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, 24, has been nabbed by men of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States of America for allegedly sneaking aboard a New York-to-Los Angeles flight.

The FBI agent who took him into custody said in an affidavit that a search of Noibi's bag found at least 10 different boarding passes and that none was in his name.

It was unclear whether those passes were with him when he was initially interviewed after he landed in Los Angeles.

Noibi acknowledged sneaking aboard the Virgin America flight in New York on June 24, officials said. The flight crew discovered Noibi midway through the flight, which landed in the early morning hours of June 25. He was questioned but was not detained by security operatives.

A few days later, on Tuesday precisely, the accused person returned to LAX, where he was again able to get past security without a valid boarding pass, officials said.

Authorities said he spent the night at the airport and when he tried to board a Delta flight to Atlanta, he was stopped at the gate when an airline employee told him he could not board the plane.

Court records showed that the accused, Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi was earlier arrested in Chicago in 2008 for allegedly refusing to pay a $4.70 fare on a Metro train.

The report further said that Noibi got on the train in Lockport, Ill., and when asked several times by the conductor to pay for a ticket, he refused.

He was taken into custody when the train reached Union Station in Chicago,charged with misdemeanor theft, but that charge was dropped about six months later.The report also indicated that Olajide Noibi, who is a student of the University of Michigan, has his birthplace as Iowa.

It indicated that he had an Illinois driver's license, a US passport and a Social Security number.

Information has it that the incident involving the recent Virgin America flight to Los Angeles was not the first time Noibi has flown for free.

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