Olawale Rasheed, the spokesperson for Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, has alleged sabotage in the averted airplane crash incident involving the Governor and some of his aides.

Governor Adeleke was set to fly from Lagos to Abuja on his elder brother, Dr. Deji Adeleke’s private jet. However, the pilot decided to cancel the flight after discovering a fault in the engine just a minute into taxiing.

Contrary to reports suggesting that the engine exploded after taxiing, Rasheed clarified that a loud noise was heard just after taxiing on the tarmac. He also expressed skepticism about the explanation given by the hangar owners, who claimed that a bird’s nest in the engine caused the fault. He stated that there are strong reasons to believe that both engines in the aircraft were tampered with.

Rasheed emphasized that the aircraft, equipped with advanced technology, was well-maintained with the best technical crew and was not an unused platform where birds could build nests.

“Contrary to the claim by the hanger owner that birds’ nests caused the incident, birds’ nests are made with straws not bidding wires as in this case.

“The near fatal incident was averted shortly after boarding and less than two minutes after commencement of taxing on the tarmac.

“An early warning noise from the engines immediately prompted the pilots to direct evacuation of the passengers. Everything happened within five minutes.

“Early reports from internal investigation indicated sabotage. But the authorities, locally and internationally, are still investigating the incident.

“We however want to assure the public that Governor Adeleke and his aides are safe and there was no injury or any outward explosion on the plane.

“The Governor expressed his deep appreciation to well wishers and supporters who have been calling since the report of the incident. Mr Governor is hale and hearty”.

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