According to a source passengers who had already been processed and profiled for departure were disappointed when it was announced to them that the trip would not be possible due to the technical fault developed by the aircraft.
Arik departs Lagos to London at noon daily. No fewer than 200 passengers were affected by the rescheduling of the flight.
The source said some of the intending travelers protested the cancellation of the flight while others agreed to the rescheduling of their flight till around 12am GMT.
However, spokesman for the carrier, Ola Adebanji confirmed the incident to our correspondent in a phone interview, but debunked the claim that the passengers protested the rescheduling of the flight till today.
According to Adebanji, all the passengers were checked into a hotel and entertained according to the regulations of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
He assured that the passengers would be airlifted tomorrow for London. As at the time of going to press, it was unclear if the passengers would eventually be airlifted as promised by the spokesman.