The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has suspended indefinitely the Aviation Security (AVSEC) Unit Heads at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, who were on duty when an intruder attempted to board Azman Air’s Port Harcourt bound aircraft on the runway earlier today.
FAAN listed the suspended officers to include: 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.
According to a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, the Unit Heads will remain on suspension pending the completion of the ongoing investigation into the regrettable security infringement.
Recalled that the incident threw passengers on board the airplane into a state of panic and confusion.
Meanwhile, has stated that in the interim, a General Manager of the agency Dr. Anne Enyinnaya-Egbadon, had been detailed to take charge of security at the airport, adding that other affected officers have also been replaced.
The current arrangement, the agency stated was aimed at ensuring an efficient and thorough investigation towards the recovery and sustenance of the airport’s proactive security integrity.
FAAN said it views this breach as a serious security concern and has commenced investigation to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of this incident to forestall future occurrence.