Criminal members planning to attack airports, FG declares
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) discloses it has received a warning from the aviation ministry over planned attacks on airports across the nation.
This was contained in a statement signed by FAAN deputy general manager of administration and logistics, S.M. Mamman, and addressed to security airport chiefs.
According to the statement seen by Top Naija and dated April 9, 2021, airports on the list comprise those in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos.
The statement read, “I am directed to convey an alert from the Ministry of Aviation regarding security threats by criminal elements against Airports in Nigeria and to request for the immediate enumeration of necessary countermeasures for the protection of Airports/Facilities under your purview.
“Specifically, the Airport’s top on the list for which criminals are considering carrying out attacks include those in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos amongst others.
“However, all airports are hereby alerted and requested to operate at a heightened threat level.”
The chiefs of the airport have been instructed to “submit a list of existing and additional countermeasures to address the threats, along with their cost implications where applicable”.
In addition, they are expected to immediately arrange an emergency meeting of airport security committees “to review the status of airport security, jointly recommend appropriate measures and share responsibility for effective implementation”.
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is a service organization statutorily charged to manage all Commercial Airports in Nigeria and provide service to both passenger and cargo airlines.
Generally, to create conditions for the development in the most economic and efficient manner of air transport and the services connected with it.
The vision of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria is to be among the best airport groups in the world.
Its mission is to develop and profitably manage customer-centric airport facilities for safe, secure and efficient carriage of passengers and goods at world-class standards of quality.
FAAN has its head office on the grounds of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State.