The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said it has taken full responsibility for the security breach at Murtala Muhammed Airport(MMA),Lagos, which occurred yesterday.
Recalled that a man who was later identified as Mr. Usman Adamu, a Nigerien, disrupted an Azman Air aircraft Lagos –Port Harcourt flight when he attempted to board the plane while the aircraft was waiting to be given clearance by Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs)
The Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Hamisu Yadudu,said this while speaking to journalists at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano today, on yesterday’s unfortunate incursion incident at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
Yadudu said that the authority takes full responsibility for the breach, adding that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transport and Honourable Minister of State, Aviation has already assisted in the award of contracts for perimeter fences at the airports, including detection devices and Close Circuit Teleision(CCTV) cameras with infrared capacity for night operations.
The MD noted that the violator, who is suspected to be a Nigerien has been identified as Mr. Usman Adamu and has been handed over to the Nigerian Police Force for further interrogation.
He stated that plans were also underway to erect observation towers this year, to ensure proper monitoring and coverage of the airport.
Yadudu noted that already, FAAN has a security patrol/escort team in place for arriving and departing aircraft and that another joint patrol team involving FAAN Aviation Security (AVSEC), the police and the military has also been constituted to assist in protecting the sanctity of airside and ensuring the security of live operations and the travelling public using the agency’s facilities.
Capt Yadudu admitted that globally aviation as a dynamic industry is experiencing new threats daily and that the criminal elements are fashioning out ways to circumvent security architectures.
He however added that it was up to FAAN to continuously improve on security and put adequate measures in place to mitigate the threats.
The FAAN boss assured that noted that FAAN would continue to work with relevant stakeholders and the regulatory agencies towards ensuring safe operations at its airports.
He further assured travellers and airport users that the new measures are already being put in place to enhance security at the nation’s airports.
FAAN, he said is committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort.