FAAN suspends security heads over stowaway arrested at Lagos airport

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Aviation security officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have arrested an unidentified man who climbed on an Azman aircraft waiting for clearance from Air Traffic Controllers.

A statement by FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, said that the pilot of the aircraft reported the incident and Avsec officials swiftly responded.

“At about 1009 hours, aviation security officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria arrested an intruder who was sighted trying to climb into an Azman aircraft waiting for clearance from Air Traffic Controllers.

“The pilot of the Azman aircraft with registration number 5N-HAI departing Lagos to Port Harcourt reported the incident and Avsec officials swiftly responded. The man has been apprehended and is now in Avsec’s custody.”

She added that a thorough check was later carried out on the aircraft and authorities have commenced investigations into the incident.

“The aircraft taxied back to the apron for a thorough check and has departed for Port Harcourt afterward.

“The Authority is already investigating the incident.”

Following the incident, Yakubu said FAAN had suspended indefinitely the aviation security unit heads who were on duty when the incident occurred, pending completion of ongoing investigation into the security infringement.

The affected officers, according to the agency, are the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Sadiku; International Terminal Security Officer, Oni Abiodun; Head of Department, Domestic Terminal 2, Owotor Okezie, and Head of Department, Domestic Terminal 1, Badejo Ayodele.

Yakubu said, “In the interim, a general manager of the authority, Dr. Anne Enyinnaya-Egbadon, has been detailed to take charge of security at the airport. Other affected officers have also been replaced. The current arrangement is aimed at ensuring an efficient and thorough investigation towards the recovery and sustenance of the airport’s proactive security integrity.

“FAAN views this breach as a serious security concern and has commenced investigation to ascertain the causes of this incident and forestall future occurrence.”

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