SMH! Nigerian Man Removed From UK Flight Over Prayer Message On His Phone

Date: 04-03-2016 6:31 am (6 years ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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A British-born Nigerian was removed from an Easyjet flight at Luton airport after a fellow passenger read a message that mentions ‘prayer’ on his mobile phone and alerted cabin crew, who raised alarm with the police.

Laolu Opebiyi was using WhatsApp to arrange a conference call prayer session with friends, as the Amsterdam-bound flight was waiting to take off at Luton airport on Thursday February 25 when a passenger next to him questioned him about message that included the word ‘prayer’ asking “What do you mean by prayer?”

The 40-year-old Nigerian-born business analyst from London explained to the passenger that he was preparing to pray with friends. Few minutes later, he was pulled off the flight by two firearms officers.

It is thought the man misread the name of Mr Opebiyi’s prayer group “ISI men” – which stands for “iron sharpens iron” from a Bible quote – as Isis.

Mr Opebiyi said: “That guy doesn’t know me and within two minutes he’s judging me. Even if I was a Muslim, it was pretty unfair the way I was treated.

If we keep on giving into this kind of bigotry and irrational fear, I dare say that the terrorists will have achieved their aim.”

Mr Opebiyi was taken into questioning by police and quizzed about his Christian faith and where he attends church.

He was forced to hand over his phone and password so officers could check his communication. He was eventually freed and allowed to catch another flight about three hours later.

Seven other passengers reportedly got off the flight fearing a terror threat and also took the next plane, Guardian reports.

A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire Police said: “Officers attended and a passenger was removed from the flight as part of the enquiries. Officers notified easyJet that they were satisfied that there was no concern around the passenger travelling.”

A spokeswoman for easyJet who apologised over the incident said: “Easyjet can confirm that following concerns raised by passengers, the captain of flight EZY2151 from Luton to Amsterdam requested the assistance of the authorities who took the decision to disembark and question the passenger.

The safety and security of its passengers and crew is our highest priority which means that is a security concern is raised we will always investigate it as a precautionary measure.

After questioning by the authorities, the passenger was cleared to complete his journey so easyJet arranged a later easyJet flight for him. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to the passenger”

The officers cleared Mr Opebiyi for flight but the pilot refused to let him on and he was made to wait a further three hours to board the next flight to Amsterdam. He said that he is aftraind that he is on a terrorist watchlist.

“I stand in uncertainty about my freedom of movement in the UK” he said.



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Posted: at 4-03-2016 06:31 AM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- charisVEC at 4-03-2016 06:37 AM (6 years ago)
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I see .Nawaoooo..jus bcus of dat...smal tin lyk dat..dis pple no lyk black @ alll esp nigeria.issokay
Posted: at 4-03-2016 06:37 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Fran6ixfox at 4-03-2016 06:58 AM (6 years ago)
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Nigeria Don get bad name now
Posted: at 4-03-2016 06:58 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kp45 at 4-03-2016 07:02 AM (6 years ago)
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Everybody they fear o. Mr Laolu don't blame the young cos when boko boys wanna strike here dey pretend in all sort which you never expect but God knows the heart of everyone.
Posted: at 4-03-2016 07:02 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- angesco at 4-03-2016 07:13 AM (6 years ago)
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It had nothing to do with him being a Nigerian. Stop putting the nation and people down. The passengers did not know he was Nigerian. The incident had nothing to do with a Nigerian plane and did nothappen on Nigerian soil. It had ALL to do with people being scared of the rise of islamic terrorism. This is playing into the hands of these islamic threats. They WANT the whole world to be scared and frigthened.

Posted: at 4-03-2016 07:13 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- BournIdentity at 4-03-2016 07:26 AM (6 years ago)
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NobsmallTin
Posted: at 4-03-2016 07:26 AM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Haso112 at 4-03-2016 07:56 AM (6 years ago)
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Hmmm, who says the TERRORISTS haven't achieved their aim, of course they have, they have succeeded in putting FEAR in everyone, NOBODY WANTS TO DIE...
Posted: at 4-03-2016 07:56 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- obinocarlo at 4-03-2016 08:08 AM (6 years ago)
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 Just passing by. If it was me I will demand damages and delay in compensation. Idiot alerts .
Posted: at 4-03-2016 08:08 AM (6 years ago) | Newbie
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- raynebee at 4-03-2016 08:28 AM (6 years ago)
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haba na...dats not fair
Posted: at 4-03-2016 08:28 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- Floxitext at 4-03-2016 08:35 AM (6 years ago)
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Dey carry najja for head as criminals.. Stupid people
Posted: at 4-03-2016 08:35 AM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Floxitext at 4-03-2016 08:36 AM (6 years ago)
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Dey carry naija for head as criminals.. Stupid people
Posted: at 4-03-2016 08:36 AM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- factfinding at 4-03-2016 08:44 AM (6 years ago)
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Is not about been a Nigeria or been black, its about terrorist around the world, the passenger must have mistaken the message by thinking that man's members ask him to prayer before blowing off the jet, its funny but a very serious issues.
Posted: at 4-03-2016 08:44 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Eazyatumeyi at 4-03-2016 09:18 AM (6 years ago)
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Nigeria wetin we neva hear.
Posted: at 4-03-2016 09:18 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- ujmaria at 4-03-2016 09:37 AM (6 years ago)
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Every is scared dis day, I really don't blame them, apology should be render to him and life goes on
Posted: at 4-03-2016 09:37 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Oworen25 at 4-03-2016 10:11 AM (6 years ago)
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Quote from: victor matthew on  4-03-2016 06:37 AM
I see .Nawaoooo..jus bcus of dat...smal tin lyk dat..dis pple no lyk black @ alll esp nigeria.issokay

Then he should find another plan and go to his destination as simple as that
Posted: at 4-03-2016 10:11 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- nonsovin at 4-03-2016 10:22 AM (6 years ago)
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Naija people de too over do! Mtcheeew
Posted: at 4-03-2016 10:22 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- gogoman at 4-03-2016 10:29 AM (6 years ago)
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Now you see the taste of what Muslim pass thru... oyinbo no care what religion you are, they just don't trust outsider
Posted: at 4-03-2016 10:29 AM (6 years ago) | Grande Master
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- AmazingMarie at 4-03-2016 11:07 AM (6 years ago)
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see name isi is eas?y to. mistake it for Isis the deadly islamist sect
Posted: at 4-03-2016 11:07 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- AmazingMarie at 4-03-2016 11:08 AM (6 years ago)
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I don't blame the person who raised the alarm because it's a saying a stitch in time saves nine
Posted: at 4-03-2016 11:08 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- slimmygal at 4-03-2016 11:22 AM (6 years ago)
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Oga no vex jare, na wetin dem terrorist cause be dat.
Posted: at 4-03-2016 11:22 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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