On 3rd October, 2018 at about 07:29 h, a Cessna Citation 560 XLS+ aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-HAR operated by the Nigeria Police (NP) on a flight routing: Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (DNAA) to Akure Airport, Akure (DNAK) via Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Airport, Bauchi (DNBC) and back to Abuja (DNAA). On board were six persons inclusive of three crewmembers (Pilot, Co-pilot and Cabin Crew (CC)), and three passengers with fuel endurance of 4 hours 20 minutes.
The flight was on an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan. The aircraft was scheduled to drop-off all the passengers at DNBC. The incident flight was intended to be a ferry flight to DNAK for a pick up. Information provided to AIB-N by NP stated that the flight was scheduled to be operated with the Co-pilot as the captain and the Pilot as the first officer.