The Russian government has denied ownership of the aircraft detained at the Aminu Kano Airport in Kano, saying that the said aircraft has no connection with Russia.
Speculations had been made by the media on Saturday that the aircraft originated from Russia.
The plane, loaded with arms, bullet proof vests and a chopper, is believed to be on its way to neighbouring Chad, when it was intercepted by Nigerian authorities.
“An Antonov Cargo aircraft carrying some military hardware was arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in the early hours of Saturday 6th Dec. 2014.”
“Investigation is ongoing to determine the content and origin of the aircraft. Further details will be made as soon as the investigation is completed.” The military said in a statement.
The plane was seized and crew members immediately detained by security personnel when it landed at the facility at about 2a.m. Saturday following technical problems.