FAAN Dispels Poaching Allegations


…Assures Travellers Of Safety

Amidst allegations of poaching of aircraft and stealing of baggage at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has described the claims as baseless and practically impossible.

A statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu denied the claims, saying that, “It is not possible for anyone to burgle an aircraft in motion. Furthermore, because aircraft are highly technical machines, it is practically impossible for anyone, who does not have the requisite training and competence to operate or tamper with the baggage compartment.”

Recalled that two incidents of alleged poaching were recently reported, the latest being that which occurred on a chartered flight from Uyo to Lagos on the December 26, 2017.

Yakubu in the statement noted that in both instances, preliminary findings from investigations conducted by an inter-agency committee set up to probe the allegations could not substantiate the claims.

The statement also explained that the purported victims in the said cases also did not make themselves available for questioning, in the quest to unravel the case.

FAAN added that although investigations are still ongoing, it will like to reassure travellers and the general public that with the level of safety and security systems on ground at the airports, it is practically impossible for an aircraft to be burgled within our Runways and Aprons.


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