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Authorities believe stowaway suspect sneaked aboard planes before [Updated]

July 1, 2011 |  7:55 am

Photo: LAX at night. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times Authorities said they are trying to determine how many times a Nigerian American man was able to use expired boarding passes in other peoples' names to take commercial fights.

The stowaway suspect, Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, is scheduled to appear in federal court in Los Angeles on Friday, two days after being arrested at Los Angeles International Airport. 

Authorities said they found at least 10 other boarding passes on Noibi, none of which belonged to him. Sources told The Times that they believe Noibi had sneaked aboard other flights, and are investigating that possibility.

On his Facebook page Noibi proclaims himself a "storyteller, strategist and designer who is passionate about reaching the world for Jesus." He wrote that he is a frequent traveler, one time writing: "3 days, 3 cities, Chicago, Detroit and now I can spy with my little eye New York City from this Sheraton at Liberty Int' l Airport in NJ!"

Noibi has also written that he works on the South Side of Chicago, but officials said they are still trying to sort out his background.

Last week, he got through layers of security to take a Virgin America flight from New York to L.A., federal officials allege.

On Wednesday, Noibi was arrested trying to board a Delta flight out of Los Angeles. He had passed through security with an expired ticket issued in someone else's name, officials said.

Noibi, also known as Seun Noibi, was arrested in Chicago in 2008 after allegedly refusing to pay a $4.70 fare on a Metra train. Those charges were later dropped.

His Chicago address is also listed as the address for Unleash Media LLC, which bills itself as a marketing firm for "world-leading ministries" and lists "Seun Noibi" as a "media artist and consultant."

"Unleash Media enables ministries of all sizes and varieties [to] develop successful branding strategies," the firm's website says. "This may involve short films, promos, music videos, revitalizing identities or new identity design."

[Updated, 8:45 a.m. July 1: In an email to The Times, members of the family that owns Dyvintel LLC, a software company mentioned on Noibi's various social media pages, said he had nothing to do with the company and lived with the family for about a year until August 2009.

They said they are surprised as anyone about the incidents. The family members said they knew Noibi through his London-based aunt when he was an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan.

"Because of our relationship with his aunt in United Kingdom we offered to help him when he had academic and financial problems, as we have helped others in the past," they said in a statement. "As of November 2010, we became less involved in his life and encouraged him to return to his family in Nigeria. Once it became clear that he was not ready to turn a new leaf in his life we severed all contact and communication."]


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Photo: LAX at night. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times