Some staff of Aero Airlines were yesterday arraigned before the Magistrate at the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA), Lagos domestic wing for engaging in ticket racketeering and defrauding the airline of N64m.
A source close to the airline confided in our correspondent that the bubble burst when the newly recruited Internal Auditor/Supervisory Officer, Mr. Mike Amu stepped on a pin code of the airline, which later proved to be a code used to perpetuate fraud by one of the staff recruited about two years ago.
The accused staff, simply identified as Michael was said to have resided in London, United Kingdom for six years before he was recruited by the airline without any security background check on him.
The source told our correspondent that no fewer than nine staff of the airline were immediately rounded up by the airline’s management, but two were later left off the hook by the airline after thorough investigation.
Seven staff were supposed to appear before the Magistrate Court at the airport, but six appeared while the seventh person (female) was absent at the hearing yesterday.
One of the staff accused of the fraud was the Chairman, Air Transport Senior Staff Services of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Aero Branch, Comrade Akintayo Akingbeyin, but ATSSSAN management insisted he was roped into the fraud.