By Ibrahin Imam – The Kaduna International Airport which until last week, served as an alternative for Abuja bound passengers may be out of use for a while as a result of damages to its communication gadgets on Thursday.
Unconfirmed report says the heavy rainfall in Kaduna metropolis Thursday left Kaduna-bound air passengers stranded when airlines billed to land could not connect the communication centre of the airport following heavy downpour and thunderstorm.
“Big Brother Nigeria (BBN) star, Bally Balat, was expected to touch down at the airport on board Azman Airline, but was told that his flight had been cancelled,” it was learnt.
Sources said Mr. Balat was told to reschedule the flight for Friday, “but one of them who spoke on phone with his manager, said it was not certain the damages could be fixed before Friday morning.”
As an alternative, Mr. Balat had instead opted for a flight to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, whereas some of his fans are already planning to hit the Abuja-Kaduna Highway on Thursday night to go and welcome him.
One of the fans said that it was unfortunate that Bally’s flight could not land in Kaduna after all the arrangements they put in place to give him a befitting welcome.
“We will now mobilize and receive him at the NYSC Camp along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway on tomorrow morning (Friday),” he disclosed.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that thousands of his fans were already at the airport to welcome him but went back home disappointed by the flight cancellation.
As at the time of filing this report, it was not certain if Bally had landed in Abuja or not, but the fans have vowed to welcome him with a carnival like procession.
Efforts to confirm the development with authorities at the airport proved abortive.