FAAN suspends security officials over airport invasion

Ebun Francis|

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Friday announced the suspension of some aviation security unit heads at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The indefinite suspension followed Friday’s invasion of the airport runway by a yet-to-be-identified man who disrupted an Azman flight to Port Harcourt when he jumped atop the aircraft as it was taxing for takeoff.

In a statement on Friday night, FAAN spokesperson, Henrietta Yakubu said, the officials who were on duty when the incident occurred, will remain on suspension pending completion of ongoing investigation into the regrettable security infringement.

The statement read, “The affected officers are the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku, International Terminal Security Officer, Oni Adedamola Abiodun, Head of Department Domestic Terminal 2, Owotor Kenneth Okezie and Head of Department Domestic Terminal 1, Badejo Adebowale Ayodele.”

“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.”

According to FAAN, the current arrangement is aimed at ensuring an efficient and thorough investigation towards the “recovery and sustenance of the airport’s proactive security integrity.”

The statement added that FAAN views the breach as a serious security concern and has commenced investigations to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the incident to forestall future occurrence.

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