By Adenike Fagbemi
Tropical Arctic Logistics Ltd, an air logistics company that owned the helicopter that lifted passenger stuck on the Lagos- Benin expressway said it conducted life-saving operations.
The company said it is licensed by the NCAA to cover MEDIVAC emergency evacuation services and “has been conducting life-saving operations with the Flying Doctors Scheme on land and Sea.”
Engr. Femi Adeniji, COO of Tropical Arctic, in a statement issued on Thursday, said the management was surprised owing to several reports surrounding the airlifting of a passenger.
“We were therefore surprised when our attention was drawn to several reports making the rounds on Social media as well as unfounded statements by some News houses about our AW 139 Aircraft making an unauthorized diversion on the Lagos- Benin expressway just to pick an individual caught in the gridlock.
“We wish to state emphatically and in very clear terms that TROPICAL ARCTIC LOGISTICS is licensed to carry out MEDIVAC Operations and was engaged to airlift an individual who suffered a serious health challenge while caught in traffic and needed emergency evacuation on the said day in question,” Engr. Adeniji said.
Engr. Adeniji said the Benin-Ore road evacuation was conducted in close collaboration with Security agencies; the Army and Police working to clear the gridlock caused by the on-going road construction.
“They directed us to a clear portion of the road where the operation was handled free from any incident.”
During the week, social media went into a frenzy over various reports over a helicopter lifting a certain individual stuck in hours-long traffic on one of Nigeria’s connecting expressway.