- He was on his way to attend a church programme at Onitsha, in Nigeria
- The reason given to him was that the plane did not have disability-friendly facilities
- Money he paid for the trip ($700) is yet to be refunded to him
Information reaching YEN indicates that Clement Ofori, a pastor who is physically challenged is determined to sue Africa World Airline (AWA) and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), because he was disembarked from an aircraft.
The 37-year-old minister, who is the general overseer of the House of the Rock Ministry, was not allowed to embark on the journey to Nigeria because he is disabled.
Despite his pleas, the airline’s authorities failed to give back the $700 he paid for the trip to Onitsha, Nigeria.
According to him, officials of the airline told him that they could not guarantee his safety, because facilities to ensure his smooth travel were not available.
He expressed his sadness over the total disregard for one’s wellbeing, because of the apparent infirmity of body.
He added that he would not let the matter rest, but would liaise with his London – based lawyers to sue the GCAA and the AWA.
He also indicated his readiness to lay down his life for the rights of persons with disability.
Recounting his ordeal, he said that he decided to attend a church programme in Nigeria, but was marched off the airplane when the officials detected he was disabled.
The initial excuse , according to him, was that the plane was no longer flying.
It was only when he was escorted to the departure hall that he heard an announcement that all people should board the same plane for the trip.
The reason, they then gave was that there was no guarantee of his safety, as he was disabled. They added that the money he paid ($700) was non – refundable.
Some organizations have decided to take up his case, and pursue it to its logical conclusion, when news of his story broke.
Officials of the AWA have however declined to give any response to the matter.
All that was gleaned from them was that lawyers for both the pastor and the airline have discussed the matter.
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