Over the weekend between June 21 and 23, 2019, a video, shot in Nigeria, went viral about a wealthy man who had supposedly grown tired of the traffic in Lagos and thus called for a chopper. Apparently, the chopper went for a sick person.
The BBC is reporting that an unbelievable story of a wealthy Nigerian man who was airlifted out of traffic on a Nigerian highway is apparently mistaken.
It turns out that the chopper went for a sick person who needed urgent medical attention, the BBC was told by the helicopter company that made the flight.
The sick man in question was suffering a stroke.
When it was thought that the flight was the case of the Nigerian rich showing off, many condemned it although a good number too were awed by the supposed opulence.
One of the early authors of the narrative that the helicopter went for a wealthy man out of traffic appears to be the Nigerian luxury brands company Julian Luxury.
Another rumour that spread was that the helicopter was rescuing the girlfriend of a billionaire.
On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Nigeria's Civil Aviation authority said that it had launched an investigation into the incident.
But Femi Adeniji from the Tropical Arctic Logistics Ltd, operators of the air transportation, told the BBC that he did not understand why the video had caused such a fuss.
He said it was normal for their company to respond to emergency situations, as there is no such public emergency service available - and they had done so six times in the last two months.
He said that there was no truth in the speculation that the helicopter was called by a billionaire who wanted to escape the huge traffic jam.
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