The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has condemned in clear terms, the invasion of the runway of Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto by loyalists of some politicians, who broke through the airport fence and invaded the airport in a bid to receive their political masters.
An online statement issued by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu explained that the unfortunate incident, which occurred on Friday August 3, 2018, is a gross violation of the security and safety arrangements at the airport, as thousands of political loyalists violently accessed restricted areas at the airport, breaking down the airport fence in the process and resisting all security machineries in place.
The statement added that however, a team of aviation security officers were able to curtail the situation and normalcy was restored at the airport, adding that airport environment is a highly regulated environment and should be seen as such.
FAAN in the statement stated that as the 2019 general elections draws nearer; it would advice the general public, especially politicians and their supporters to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations at the airports, as we will not compromise security and safety at our airports for any reason.
FAAN, the statement further added is committed to her core values of safety, security and comfort.